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Hand break i have had my mr2 for a week and the hand break is not working properly.The car has new pads n discs so foot break is great.can the cable be adjusted n if so where fron.thanx lads.

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    my mr2 is a automatic and failed its mot on the off side rear hand brake ajuster now i would have thourt that the parking brake would have been the hand brake its a bit belt and braces anyway carnt get the ajuster to move ?

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The last comment is a but wrong. Let me explain why:

The pistions on the rear is ALL MR2s are not the push in type...You need a special tool to screw them in... You can rent the tool for free at your local AutoZone but they charge like a $55 dollar core charge...once you bring it back they refund your money. TRUST ME if you are gonna try this route you want that tool!!! I did a full brake and rotor job on my MR2 3 weeks ago and without that tool I would still be working on them ; )

Back to the brakes though...are you sure they ever really worked properly? The MR2s are notorious about "brake cable freeze" this is where the cable becomes locked in place and feels like its putting pressure on the pads when you engage it, but it really isn't. This happened to me last winter (and it seems to happen most often in the winter) but I haven't fixed it yet. I pulled up so hard on the lever that i snapped the cable in half when I tried to keep the MR2 from rolling.

You may need new cables. If you have someone apply the hand brake for you and you are watching from both sides of te rear of the car (with the wheels off) you should see where the cables attach to the back of the calipers on each side of the car. When it is being engaged you should see the cable pull on the lever on the back of each caliper. If this doesn't happen, then you are the victim of "brake freeze" and if it matters that much to you then you will need to have the bad cable or cables replaced.

Hope this helps! Good Luck!

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It could be a problem with your rear brake calipers being slightly sieved, i had a similar problem

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If the rear pads were replaced and the handbrake wasn't released completely this may be the problem, import toyotas of this era normally have a self adjsting park brake set up.... have hand brake released fully and remove rear wheels and callipers, remove pads and push pistom fully back, refit pads, calipers and wheels, pump pedal to seat pads then apply hand brake a few times.. failing this there may be an adlustment under the trim around th lever.. hope this helps

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