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My XR6 has suffered from the same infliction that my Fairmont had...The hand brake, although working perfectly in stopping the car moving forward....if I park on a slight incline the car can easily roll backwards...in fact you can put the handbrake on and just push the car backwards however try to roll it forward and its like a rock....I did mention this at service however they found no fault as they only tried the handbrake for stopping the car going forward..The hand brake probably pulls up <5 clicks

Anybody else had this...

Is there any type of recall (XR6T 2005 BA)

Is it easy to adjust the handbrake yourself ?

cheers rob

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Have a search back through some of the old posts on handbrakes. I remeber someone posting up a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) about it....it was alot more complicated than just adjusting the cable.

Hope this helps

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if I can give u any advice before your warrenty runs out, its get your rear brakes completely refitted, including discs, shoes, adjusters etc etc, it will only get worse and worse.

Your shoes are incorrectly adjusted, and there is a small hole in the side of the brake drum to adjust this, but it is a pain in the arse to get to.

Removing the drum damages the shoes, and adjusting the shoes, it was a hit and miss thing, not holding, and then rubbing.

In the end, replaced the lot, and can straight away notice the difference. Holding in reverse, and no drag felt on the rear after sitting on the handbrake for a while.

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The TSB is a waste of time it does not fix anything..

Have had the magic TSB applied twice and you are correct. To be blunt, it's bloody worse and now I have an intermittent squeak at low speeds as well. To be fair, the dealer did do it at no charge (I'm out of warranty) but I have complained about this from very early days. Either the TSB is useless or my dealer is.

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Do you reckon if ford machined the inside of the drums it would fix it. The morons cant even adjust it properly one side of the car lifts or squats when I wack the brake on....

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  • 2 weeks later...
Do you reckon if ford machined the inside of the drums it would fix it. The morons cant even adjust it properly one side of the car lifts or squats when I wack the brake on....

You must be still using Dominelli Ford.

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I'm having the same issue, I've adjusted the handbrake according to the manual (wheels drag on 1 click and won't turn on 3 clicks by hand). The handbrake holds well forward (must rev engine to about 2k rpm to get it to move), but rolls backwards under idle. 

 

Is there now a fix for this (after 13 years since this thread started)? 

 

BA XR6T

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If you've adjusted it then tried to move with it adjusted, you've wrecked the adjustment, basically... it's not meant to stop a car from moving, only hold it from starting to move.

 

Adjust it again and if it holds as you let off the brake pedal on an incline testing environment, then you're all good and only apply it once you've stopped unless you need it in an emergency situation.

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This is what I did, I adjusted and then applied the handbrake whist stationary. The car starts to roll backwards when I take my foot off the brakes when in reverse. This would be the same as sitting on a hill with handbrake and taking foot off the brake.

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I end up fixing the problem, I did a few things so I have no idea what was the actual reason for it working now. 

 

- I removed the discs from both back wheels

- Sprayed and wiped both the shoe and inner disc with brake cleaner

- Scrubbed both shoe and inner disc with emery cloth. The disc was slightly glazed, but still had heaps of wear material left. 

- The springs that hold the shoe back against the hub assembly weren't attached, the shoe was just free-floating which probably didn't help. I clipped the spring back on to the shoe in all 3 spots.

- I adjusted the shoes so there was no drag on one click and equal drag both wheels on one click, then no movement on 3 clicks. 

- Put everything back together.

- Put the car in neutral on a hill and tried the handbrake. Car still rolled backwards easily with 5 clicks. I went back up the hill and let the car roll backwards with the handbrake applied. After each roll the grip got more and more. After about 10 times the car was holding on the hill with only 3 clicks. Car now holds on steep inclines. 

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