Disconnect handbrake cable from caliper

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John Cousins
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Thanks for the updates / advice. Happy to report the new calipers are fitted and the hand brake cables reattached. I have reset the pair of knurled adjuster wheels to roughly where they were. Having replaced the rear brake hoses with flexible versions my next step is to bleed the brakes. Once that is done I will revisit the handbrake adjustment. 

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I think the bleed nipples have an imperial size nut - please will someone confirm the size?

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The later ones are metric (certainly on my 2012 car). If there is any sign of corrosion, spray with Plus Gas or similar and find a tight fitting 6-point socket to break the seal, to avoid rounding.

James

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They're 11mm.  And, as James advises, a 6-point socket works best.

JV

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I checked the new rear calipers and the original front calipers (2005 Roadsport) with 10mm and 11mm spanners and the fit doesn't seem right. I think when I built it (15 years ago now!) and was bleeding the brakes I had to use an imperial spanner on the bleed nipples. Can't find that spanner so have ordered a small set. (Only relatively recently that I decided I could do much of the servicing myself!).

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When you come to do the bleeding, attach your bleed hose and use a ring spanner (not an open-ended one) to open and close the screw.

JV

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Hi - I've been using an eezibleed kit to bleed the brakes having replaced the rear calipers and fitted flexible brake hoses. I went round the calipers twice and the process seemed to be working ok. I haven't touched the handbrake. I used a stick to depress the foot brake a few times and the pedal was very easy to depress. I checked the rear calipers and tried to rotate the hub and disc which seems so tight I can't rotate them! When I fitted the new calipers and pads the fit with snug over the new discs but I assumed this was due to everything being new. 
 

Not sure how to proceed...

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Hi John,

As per my message:

First of all, check that the locating "lug" on the back of each pad sits squarely in one of the recesses in the piston.  This will only be possible if the recesses are aligned N S E W.  If they aren't, you'll need to rotate the piston.

You said in your thread (post #12) that you'd reset the cable adjustment to roughly what it was.  Maybe it's too tight?  I suggest you slacken the adjuster right off and then try again.

I'd be surprised if the piston in a new calliper needed winding back, but it's possible I suppose.  Where did you get the callipers from?  Do you have a windback tool?

JV

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My new calipers needed winding back.  I took them to a local friendly ford garage who did it for me for free.

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Yes I did need to wind back the pistons on the new calipers.