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Hi All.

We have an 02 4.8 manual patrol, and to put it mildly, the handbrake doesn't work. Reef it on, and if there is a slope, the car will roll. At the moment, all that is holding the car is the fact we are leaving it in gear.
How hard is it to adjust the handbrake, and what should we look out for?
Should anything be replaced, or will a simple adjustment do?
Has anyone ever done this at home before?

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someone will definately help you out on this one i wouldnt know personally but ive changed a hino dutro little pantec truck handbrake , it was a shoe setup tailshaft brake that had to be changed it wasn't hard to do,im guessing it could be the same, so get underneath and have a look and check it out behind gearbox and see what setup you have??? ive been under my 4b several times and havent taken note of my tailshaft brake, i might have to check this out funnilly saying this as i know my 2.8gu has a tailshaft break but haven't taken note of this setup...

Adjusting would be like a rear shoe setup up braking system...

sorry i couldnt help much but have a look underneath would be 1st step...
 

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The 4.8's have a disc / drum arrangement on the rear axle, w/- the drum part of it being the park brake..

These are adjusted the same way as conventional drum brakes (screwdriver or proper "brake adjusting tool" through the backing plate)...

However, as long as the shoes have a reasonable amount of meat on 'em, it'll be quicker and easier to simply adjust the cable from inside the vehicle...

With the handbrake lever in the released (down) position, push the rubber thingy (that blanks off the lever slot, & moves up & down with the lever) to one side, or just lift the end of it out of the slot, look in there (you'll probably need a light), and you'll see a 6mm threaded rod with a nut on it.. (this is the end of the handbrake cable)..

You'll need a (10mm) deep socket, or tube spanner.. simply adjust this nut, and I think you'll find that that'll do the trick :)

If you're 'half handy', it'll take less time to do, than it took me to type this ;)



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I find a little adjustment is necessary from time to time. Just tell her to get out and put some bricks behind the wheels. To adjust, just threaten to grow a beard and get fat. She'll do anything for a few days after that.
 

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I find a little adjustment is necessary from time to time. Just tell her to get out and put some bricks behind the wheels. To adjust, just threaten to grow a beard and get fat. She'll do anything for a few days after that.
Mate, you always do have a way with words, hope my handbrake doesn't read this.
 

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If she does, and gets upset, just readjust ;)

Hope mine doesn't read this too...
 

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Your shoes shouldn't wear unless they were adjusted wrong in the first place, you should never adjust the cable and not the shoes.
 

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Your shoes shouldn't wear unless they were adjusted wrong in the first place, you should never adjust the cable and not the shoes.
Really sorry for hijack but I've got to say it, my handbrake has lots of shoes, I've even had to install increased capacity.
 

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Classic Roothy quote on the way back from a Cape York trip - "Now it's time to go home to the handbrake and a big session with the hose on the lawn, and she might even let me wash the truck after that".
 

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Jeez this one got silly really quick,

Just like the handbrake after a glass or two:coffeeti:
 

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I'm wondering if anyone has done the shoes on the 4.8... I've adjusted mine all the way inside to max and it still does not hold the vehicle when the car is parked on a slope. It will hold if the car is facing forwards down the slope but not if it has it's back facing down hill.

I guess they must be buggered, but I've never done shoes like this before. Done drums on a hilux and courier, but never a disc/drum setup...
 

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I'm wondering if anyone has done the shoes on the 4.8... I've adjusted mine all the way inside to max and it still does not hold the vehicle when the car is parked on a slope. It will hold if the car is facing forwards down the slope but not if it has it's back facing down hill.

I guess they must be buggered, but I've never done shoes like this before. Done drums on a hilux and courier, but never a disc/drum setup...

Jeff, if you've done conventional drum brakes, then these are (more or less) exactly the same, but on a smaller scale :)

Once you've removed the road wheel (with vehicle supported on suitable stand(s), of course ;)), remove the caliper (& support it out of the way), and the drum / rotor will come straight off, revealing the inner workings ..

It's been a while since I checked mine, but from memory, there's nothing in there that is likely to cause any grief .. pretty much a standard drum brake set-up...

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I'm wondering if anyone has done the shoes on the 4.8... I've adjusted mine all the way inside to max and it still does not hold the vehicle when the car is parked on a slope. It will hold if the car is facing forwards down the slope but not if it has it's back facing down hill.

I guess they must be buggered, but I've never done shoes like this before. Done drums on a hilux and courier, but never a disc/drum setup...
I too am having the very same issue at the moment. I have adjusted it at the handle as far as it goes and also at the drum end. My mechanic agrees that the shoes seem to have enough left in them that it should hold.

Any ideas or is this purely a replacement issue. Also my mechanic rang his supplier and they said can only get genuine Nissan shoes at this stage as aftermarket ones are not yet in production. Usually this means there hasn’t been a market for them, also meaning they don’t normally wear out. Which brings me to the issue of are the shoes are at fault.

Cheers Tristan
 

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Thanks for the replies guys. Dad had a quick look the other day, the adjustor nut is now fully tight and it 'Just' holds. We leave it in gear anyway so......
 

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any one had any updates on this issue? mine is adjusted fully also and just holds with a wrench of the handbrake. Any slope at all and mine has to be in gear also

Cheers, Tristan
 
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