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My '93 2.0Lpt has just failed its MOT as the handbrake is not working on one wheel. The Caliper appears to be siezed. (ie. no movement on handbrake level at all). Caliper works from foot brake fine.

Has anyone experienced this problem? Is it worth stripping the caliper or should I just get a recon one?

Toby
 

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Thanks mpen.

I've just been looking at eurocarparts. Recon caliper is £60 but I will shop around.

They also list a "rear caliper adjustment kit" for £16. Any idea what this is (my haynes manual is at home!) and will I need it?
 

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The rear caliper adjustment kit is the allen headed grub screw that you turn to adjust the handbrake. Its just like a grub screw, held in by a small snap ring, on its OD is a thread which does the adjusting. Its this thread that gets damaged hence no handbrake. Check handbrake cable is moving the arm on the caliper. If it is see if turning the screw (theres a plastic cap over it) gives any adjustment, if not replace this screw first (providing rest of caliper OK - i.e. no weeping fluid)
 

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Thanks Guys,

Braking force (as measured by MOT) is down by 15% that side as well so I think I will still go the recon route. If I had more time (I'm supposed to be fixing Lotus brakes this weekend, not Saab ones!) I think following your advice might have saved me some money
 

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well, that will teach me to make assumptions about faults....

Found out over the weekend that the reason the handbrake did not work was the caliper adjustment was way out and the cable was not attached to the handbrake! I just hope German and swedish will refund me on the caliper I have not used!
 
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