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Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 20:16:45 GMT
From: "Swampy Bogtrotter" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 900i handbrake cable

Paul Halliday wrote: > in article JEvZg.36154$, Swampy > Bogtrotter at wrote on 18/10/2006 20:55: > >> Paul Halliday wrote: >>> in article MY2Zg.19874$, Swampy >>> Bogtrotter at wrote on 17/10/2006 12:17: >>> >>>> Paul Halliday wrote: >>>>> 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. >>> >>> >>>> It turned out that the nuts holding the cable onto the handbrake >>>> lever had come away. >>>> Thankfully, no need to pull seats out and lift carpets. >>> >>> That's a good result! Nice one! Now go and pull a few J turns :) > >> Haha, Knowing me, I'd wrap myself round a tree if I tried it.... > > Front wheel handbrakes are great for pulling that James Bond reverse > and then flip the front end around manoeuvre :) Boy, I miss that car > :( > >> I was dead impressed today in work (I work in motor insurance). >> I provided cover for a chap who's just bought a new Saab 9-3 >> SportWagon. >> I took great pleasure in turning a 10 minute call into a 45 minute >> friendly chat about his brand new model and my old 900. > > Very nice ... Most of them have no idea what a C900 is :( This guy did, but then he was old enough to remember them. > It was a breath of fresh air when (with my current insurers), I was > asked what model my car was an put through to someone who knew about > it! We discussed modifications, future modifications, level of cover > and value of the car ... Guess what? 300 quid less, better cover and > double the value, with agreement to proceed with my future > modifications. It pays to get through to someone who knows their job. It also pays to know a good bit about how car insurance works, so you know exactly what answers will get you the best price without making your insurance invalid. > Go on ... Who do you work for? Just kidding L:) If I said that once I'd quoted him, he was very happy, would that give it away? And when they're busy and need extra staff, I sometimes strap on my rocket boots and orange coat and head off down the A47 to fly alongside peoples cars. And I also provide branded cover for a certain large car manufacturer who have a very bright orange flagship car on the market just now. All one big company, underwriting countless of hundreds of other brands.

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