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Handbrake lever - removal and refitting
Braking system / Handbrake lever - removal and refitting

1 Raise the front and rear of the vehicle, and support it on axle stands. Fully release the handbrake lever.

2 Remove the centre console as described in Chapter 11.

3 Working beneath the vehicle, release the exhaust system from the rubber mountings.

Lower the exhaust system as far as possible, supporting it on blocks or more axle stands.

4 Detach the exhaust heat shield from the underbody.

5 Unhook the secondary (rear) handbrake cables from the equaliser bar.

6 Working inside the vehicle, unscrew and remove the two mounting bolts securing the handbrake lever to the floor (see illustration).

26.6 Handbrake lever mounting bolts
26.6 Handbrake lever mounting bolts

7 Turn the handbrake lever upsidedown, then disconnect the primary cable end from the segment.

8 Withdraw the handbrake from inside the vehicle.

9 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure, making sure that the primary cable is correctly located in the segment. Check the operation of the handbrake before returning the vehicle to normal service.

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