Can anyone tell me how to adjust the Handbrake on a 55 Plate Mk 2 or is it better to take it to a Garage? Thanks.
Hi Titus, welcome to the forum. Click on the link below for the Parking brake ▼Titus said:Hi All,
I wanted to adjust my handbrake (2003 X-Trail Sport) so I looked on various forums and didn't find any particularly useful info so... I jacked the car up, removed a rear wheel and then the calliper. Each calliper is held on by two (tight) 19mm bolts (which came out with a lot of rust and muck so they need a quick whiz with a wire brush and then I WD40'd them and wiped some grease on the threads - don't lose the washers). With the calliper out of the way the disk pulls straight off (but it needs a bit of wiggling). And now the handbrake brake shoes are exposed... and at the bottom pivot is the adjuster. The adjuster is a sort of toothed wheel so it is fairly obvious. I wound the adjuster up one click on each side and put every thing back together in reverse order. My wife, whose car it is, says the handbrake now feels tighter. Total time for job (both wheels) was about 40 minutes. The torque for the wheel nuts is apparently 110 nm. I should have explained that the handbrake is a drum brake incorporated into the casting of the rear disks and the handbrake has no effect on the rear disk brakes or their callipers. I couldn't see any cable adjustment where they go into the drums and I have no idea how the cable is connected to the handbrake lever.
Hope that was helpful.