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Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 20:01:03 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Saab 900i handbrake cable

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 :( 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. Go on ... Who do you work for? Just kidding L:) Paul 1989 900 Turbo S

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