C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Good evening
The cable on my handbrake requires adjusting so to avoid causing any damage to the internal trim I would be grateful if someone could explain how to get to the cable adjuster
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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Here you go:

C5 X7 Manual Parking Brake Adjustment
Steveo Brake.PNG
Preliminary Checks
  • Raise and support the vehicle, with the rear wheels hanging free.
  • Check that pad friction begins to occur from the first notch.
  • Check that the normal travel of use does not exceed 4 notches.
If the checks are not correct:
  • Check that all the cables are routed correctly (Parking brake)
  • Check that the cables are not constrained (incorrect hooking of inner or outer cables, incorrect adjustment)
  • Check that all the parking brake control components slide or move freely
  • Adjust the parking brake
Adjustment

Raise and support the vehicle, with the rear wheels hanging free.
  • Unclip the handbrake lever gaiter (1).
  • Position the handbrake lever at rest.
  • Action the integrated automatic adjustment unlocking button (2).
  • Depress the brake pedal several times.
  • Pull the parking brake lever on normally about ten times.
  • Position the handbrake lever at rest.
  • Action the integrated automatic adjustment unlocking button (2).
  • Check that the normal travel of use does not exceed 4 notches.
  • Check the effectiveness of the handbrake.
  • Check that the handbrake warning light comes on from the 1st notch of the total travel of the lever.
  • With the handbrake released, check that the wheels can be turned freely by hand.
  • Refit the handbrake lever gaiter (1).

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Thank you Marc
I searched all over yesterday lol
Loads of information for earlier models
Thank you again
Steve

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Before you set about adjusting the handbrake cable be sure to check that the calliper lever is going right back to the stop, it may be that you have a problem there, handbrake cables rarely need adjusting once set up at original fitting.

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Steveo wrote:
07 Jul 2020, 05:17
Thank you Marc
I searched all over yesterday lol
Loads of information for earlier models
Thank you again
Steve
I had omitted the checking part, so have now included this in my last post Steve.

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Cheers Marc / Gibbo
I replaced the rear calipers a while ago as the off side one was sticking even though the wind back was free.
I made sure the caliper arms were on the stops but as the brakes have bedded in the cable needs adjusting
Thanks again
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Stevel

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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The cable shouldn't need adjusting, just press the brake pedal really hard a few times, and this should adjust up the mech in the calipers.

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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RichardW wrote:
09 Jul 2020, 15:01
The cable shouldn't need adjusting, just press the brake pedal really hard a few times, and this should adjust up the mech in the calipers.
That's why I said to check that the lever on the calliper was back to the stop Richard, the self adjuster doesn't work if it isn't.

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Hi Guys
Please see following update
Steve
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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Hi Guys
Update
As mentioned previously I replaced my calipers on the rear as one of them was sticking so using the wind back tool to push the pistons back I fitted the pads and made sure the handbrake levers on the calipers were on the stops.
The pedal seemed to have more travel than the original units and the hand brake lever also had more travel not to mention the handbrake not holding until it was pulled a substantial way hence the question regarding adjustment.
I gave it a while to bed in and self adjust which it didn't so following the advice I removed the handbrake gaiter and put the car in first gear
Using a long flat screwdriver I pushed the plunger towards the drivers seat and pressed the brake pedal firmly around 10 times I repeated the procedure again just for good measure and the handbrake is now fine and the brake pedal doesn't have as much travel in it.
I needed to sort this as we are going away for a few days with the caravan
So all is good thanks to the knowledge on this forum
Kind regards
Steve

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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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If the caravan has brakes make sure to minimise any reversing while towing it. Braked trailers are hell on wheels for Dual Mass Flywheels, and can reduce their working life considerably. I have not personally experienced this, but there are tales on the forum from members who have.
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Re: C 5 2009 manual handbrake adjustment

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Hi Hell Razor
Hopefully no reversing unless forced to do so
The caravan is 880kg and is fitted with a motor mover to get it up my drive.
This also comes in handy when reversing onto the pitch
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Steve