Hi first post, looking for some help with my focus handbrake.
Its a 2002 1.8 tdci estate and has never really had an excellent handbrake, i have become very reliant on the clutch ;-) however now it has got to the stage that it doesnt hold at all, thus somewhat dangerous.
I have looked at different options on the web and am now at a 'don't know what to next' stage.
First of all I adjusted the cable but that didnt work - hand brake was either on or off, nothing inbetween.
At this point the pads and disks were old so i changed both. Then i retried tightening and adjusting the cable to 5-8 clicks before it bites. same thing, either on or off. (I used the method of jacking the rear wheels up and spinning them manually to try to guage the bite point...)
The lever doesn't have any friction until the point where it stops. Even though the lever wont go any further there is little to no contact between the pads and the disks.
I figure its either the cable or a sticky brake piston(s), however before going out and buying loads of new parts i wondered whether anyone could help me, or whether this is a common problem?
Many thanks in advance.