Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 21:03:57 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Saab 900i handbrake cable

in article HhRXg.6867$, Swampy Bogtrotter at wrote on 13/10/2006 19:54: > I pulled up into th epetrol station tonight and put the handbrake on and > suddenly felt it go all limp as the handbrake cable either broke, or > detatched itself from its connection at one end or the other. > > So a question. > > Does anybody know if the handbrake cable on a 1989 Saab 900 is a difficult > thing to repair, re-attach or replace? > Is it a DIY job, or should I be thinking of leaving it into my local garage? DIY job, but you do need to get the back seat out and lift the carpet. The cable should thread through a tunnel to the rear calipers. Oh, yes, remove the front passenger (UK) seat, too, which will make getting to the adjustment point really easy. You'll find a plate which slides up between the passenger seat and the central housing for the handbrake cable. You adjust it there. You might be able to get in there by moving the seat all the way forwards, but removing it is easier. Rear wheel handbrakes are easy ... I could tell you tales of the voodoo incantations necessary to cajole the older front wheel handbrake cars in behaving :) Have you bought a Haynes manual yet? Most home mechanic procedures are detailed in there. If you do get into it, there's a more expensive Bentley workshop manual. Paul 1989 900 Turbo S

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