Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 19:55:21 GMT
From: "Swampy Bogtrotter" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 900i handbrake cable

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 :) > > Paul > > 1989 900 Turbo S > Haha, Knowing me, I'd wrap myself round a tree if I tried it.... 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.

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