Rear Disc Pads NOT Self-Adjusting!HELP!!!!!

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Rear Disc Pads NOT Self-Adjusting!HELP!!!!!

Post by catgroom » Thu May 13, 2004 9:47 pm

Every week Iam having to use the allen key to manually adjust my rear calipers.Can someone tell me how to get em self adjusting as they should?Thanks everybody! :hopping: 1995 480 Turbo Auto by the way.
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Post by Ben Harris » Thu May 13, 2004 10:14 pm

It's probably not the calipers, but the cables that keep stretching, so you have to re-adjust the calipers to make up for it. Looking at my service history, they cost £30.88 + VAT each, in 2002. I can't believe they're worth that much. How different are they from, say, a brake cable for a push-bike? It might be a part you could fabricate yourself, for very little money.

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Post by pol » Thu May 13, 2004 10:26 pm

They are pretty thick cables and think you'd have trouble crimping on a suitable end. I don't think the calipers do 'self-adjust' as manuals suggest and the cables do stretch very quickly. Halfords sell the cables for £16is a side.

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Post by Ben Harris » Thu May 13, 2004 10:29 pm

I think what the manual's implying by self adjust, is simply the fact that they're disc brakes, so they stay balanced on both sides (hopefully!). My mini used to have drum-brakes all round, and was a nightmare, as they needed to be adjusted every couple of weeks, otherwise it'd pull to one side when you braked.

.... but I could be wrong! :D

£16/side isn't bad - I might have to get a couple for my other 480 then!

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Post by JohnTurbo » Fri May 14, 2004 12:16 am

I disagree. They do indeed self adjust.

Unfortunately garages with neebie lackies instead of mechanics often destroy this function by g-clamping the pistons in, not reallising they are the wind back type.

You could have knackered calipers. It could also be other things like the cables, but the ela(is that right?) calipers do tend to experience stupid mechanic disease.
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Post by chris1roll » Fri May 14, 2004 12:36 pm

That sounds more likely, just had to replace a caliper on edds car as teh adjuster was knackered, and it kept winding itself out with the vibrations, so the h/brake wouldn't work, and the pads would rattle about like nobodys business.
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Cheers for the help chaps!!!!!!

Post by catgroom » Sat May 15, 2004 8:08 pm

Have been throught the replacing cables,both calipers on me K-plater I just sold (250 for calipers EXCHANGE from Volvo!)Should've swapped 'em.The cars very low mileage having only done 4k a year from '95-'03!!!!!Result of a purchase or what!!!!!Paid 2300 tho!!!!!!But seriously though,thanks for the input.They do indeed self-adjust after all.I had forgotten John Turbo,so u win the prize!!!!!!!!!!!Or the guy with the red Turbo I think was Jon Blondey!!!!!!!!!Meet u soon mate at Chris's! :D :hopping: :wink:
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Post by JohnTurbo » Sat May 15, 2004 8:12 pm

Rah!!!!
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