C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

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C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

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As some of you may be aware, the Mk1 (at least) C5 handbrake cables are routed through metal guide tubes running from below the centre-console, alongside the exhaust, to the wheel arch.

It seems to be the case that, over time, most likely due to the heat from the exhaust, the cable sheath welds itself to the inner wall of the guide tube. As a result, it it usually the case that when the handbrake cables are replaced, the guide tubes must also be replaced.

I changed my handbrake cables about 4 years ago using new guide tubes. Before inserting the cables into the guide tubes I generously greased the cable sheath. I was hoping that this would avoid the sheath becoming stuck in the guide tube.

I can now report that the greasing seems to work, inasmuch that I have just changed the handbrake cables again, and the greased cables pulled fairly easily from the guide-tube, meaning that I did not need to replace the guide tubes.

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Re: C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Post by GiveMeABreak »

Thanks for updating the Forum Sam - I'm moving this to the handy hints and tips section.

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Re: C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Post by myglaren »

Last time mine were replaced I had them grease the guide tubes and cables - I presumed water ingress to be the culprit but your reasoning appears sound enough.