The car held by the parking brake (handbrake) must stand on a slope of 25% when the handbrake lever is moved 5-7 clicks of the ratchet device.
Adjusting the handbrake
When repairing the brakes of the rear wheels and when replacing parts of the handbrake, you need to adjust the tension of the cables, for this:
- remove the floor tunnel lining, as described in the article - How remove the lining of the Renault Sandero floor tunnel;
- we fold forward the plug installed on the lever facing;
- by unscrewing or tightening the adjusting nut, we achieve that the lever travel is five to seven clicks.
After that, we raise and lower the parking brake lever several times.
Jack up the back of the car and turn the rear wheels by hand.
They should rotate evenly, without jerks.
Install all parts in reverse order.
Replacing handbrake cables
If the handbrake cables are very stretched or stick in the sheath, you need to replace them.
Preparing the car for work
Weaken the tension of the parking brake cables by unscrewing the adjusting nut to the end of the threaded lug of the front cable
Remove the brake drum as described in the article - Repair of Renault Sandero rear wheel brakes
Remove the rear brake shoe and disconnect the tip of the cable from the expansion lever by pressing the cable spring forward with pliers
Squeeze the cable sheath retainer with pliers
Remove the cable from the hole in the shield of the brake mechanism
Remove the cable from the holder on the rear suspension beam arm
Slightly pull the cable into the cabin and disconnect it from the equalizer, removing the tip of the cable from the groove of the equalizer
From below, we pull the cable out of the hole in the base of the body and remove it from the car
Install the cable in reverse order.
If the cable does not move well in the sheath, then you can lubricate it with engine or transmission oil.
To replace the front handbrake cable, we completely loosen the cable tension by unscrewing the drive adjusting nut to the end.
Disconnect both rear drive cables from the equalizer by pulling the ends of the cables out of the grooves of the equalizer
Cut the floor mat at the back of the lever and move part of the mat to the sides
Completely unscrew the adjusting nut from the threaded end of the cable
Having pulled the cable back from the groove of the handbrake lever sector, remove the cable assembly with the equalizer.
Install the front cable in reverse order and adjust the parking brake as described at the beginning of the article.
Removing and installing the handbrake lever
The lever is not repairable. If the lever mechanism has deteriorated, then it needs to be changed.
Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery
Remove the lining of the floor tunnel and cut the floor mat at the rear of the arm
Move the front seats forward as far as they will go and disconnect the wire from the parking brake warning light switch
Weaken the tension of the drive cables and disconnect the tips of the rear cables from the equalizer, as described above
We unscrew the two nuts securing the handbrake lever to the base of the body and remove the lever along with the front drive cable
Unscrew the adjusting nut from the tip of the front cable and disconnect the cable from the lever
We unscrew the fastening screw and remove the switch of the signal lamp for turning on the parking brake
Before installing on the car, lubricate the gear sector of the lever and the thread of the tip of the front cable with grease
Install the handbrake lever in the reverse order and adjust the parking brake drive, as described at the beginning of the article.