Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 11:17:00 GMT
From: "Swampy Bogtrotter" <>
Subject: Re: Saab 900i handbrake cable

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. > > Paul > > 1989 900 Turbo S > 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.

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