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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:19 pm 
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The handbrake in my XR8 is utterly s**t!! It wont hold on any sort of hill but when i adjust it up tighter, the bloody brakes squeak like a little pig. In car parks i want to turn heads with the sound of the V8, not with s**t brakes that belong to an under-engineered Rice burning piece of crap. I dunno if it has anything to do with the dash 'pull out' handbrake (which is utterly stupid).

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:56 pm 
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The prob is more the shoes for the hand brake in the rear brakes by the sounds of it.
I had a similar prob and found it was fixed when the rear brakes were taken off and the insides(where the handbrake applies) are sanded with sandpaper to clean/roughen it up a bit; then same with the shoes on the handbrake.
Refit the brakes and adjust, should help with dragging/squealing noise. :wink:

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:58 pm 
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I have the same problem with my EB, I took the car to my local mechanic who adjusted the rear brakes but still the sqealing is there. I have tried that Breakleen spray but it doesn't do much.
I'm thinking it might have something to do with the rear discs needing machined and new pads. I will get that done to my car and see if that helps.

EB XR8 - What are the rear discs like on your car?

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 4:30 pm 
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I am having the same problem. I have had my hand break serviced by ford 6 times in the last 3 years. It has'nt done s**t. I'm getting to the stage where I am pulling my hair out.

Some days its fine, then I park, apply the hand break, come back to the car, get ready to head off, then its squeling and scraping like a stuck pig again.

Shoot me now! Put me out of my mysery.

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Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:08 pm 
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i had same problem i just replaced both shoes and adjusted it through the hand brake and she was good for a while then it came back..... i had put the handbrake on slightly of centre.... the noise is coz they are
1.) adjusted to tightly
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2.) shoe is slightly of centre causing it to (rub on the hub)!!! LOL

 

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Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 10:49 am 
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Daniel wrote:
The prob is more the shoes for the hand brake in the rear brakes by the sounds of it.
I had a similar prob and found it was fixed when the rear brakes were taken off and the insides(where the handbrake applies) are sanded with sandpaper to clean/roughen it up a bit; then same with the shoes on the handbrake.
Refit the brakes and adjust, should help with dragging/squealing noise. :wink:


So when you apply the handbrake it is not the disc pads that are actuated but a set of shoes (i suppose similar to drum brakes) inside the disc???? Is this right or have i misinterpreted something? If i am right, where do you buy the pads and are they hard to fit?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:10 pm 
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yes it is a shoe inside the hub that presses up against it as u apply the handbrake..... the shoes are around 30-40bux each brand new from memory. pretty simple to change them if needed...

 

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