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Hi

I have fitted a new Handbrake Cable to our 2006 Defender 90 and connected it at the Parking Brake Drum.

My problem is the refitting of the Drum. I started to fit it, getting as far as partially assembling it over the Shoes, aligning the 4 Back Plate Bolts and mating the Drum over the Bolts. At this stage the Drum was very tight, requiring a small lump Hammer to knock the Drum on over the Shoes. The Adjuster was backed off. I then disassembled the Drum. My concern was that if the centralisation of the Shoes, which should have been taking place to some extent, during assembly of the Drum, did not alleviate the tightness, there must be something wrong. I am also concerned, in my ignorance, of the impact of the Drum being tight when I then come to reassemble the Rear Prop Shaft to the Drum.

Can anyone advise me?

Thank you.

PantGwyn

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Have you fitted the new cable correctly, or is it pulling on the adjuster, even when the handbrake is off?

Are both shoes the correct way round?

Do you have a worn groove on the inside of the drum? this can make fitting the drum hard work, but everything then goes slack once the drum is on.

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Guest wunntenn

If you follow the workshop manual instructions and use rubber bands to hold the shoes/gubbins in place - despite their being thin the bands are sufficiently thick enough to cause the drum tightness.

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Hi

A more thorough look this morning, at the sliding metal Shoes in the Adjuster mechanism, showed that I had assembled them the wrong way round. The Drum is therefore now reassembled and the job completed.

Thank you to those who responded.

Pantgwyn

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Does this mean all defenders have transmission hand brakes that are seperate to the rear brakes?

Yes all LR's with exception of Freelanders have a transmission brake for parking use only, never operate it when the vehicle is moving as you'll end up destroying the gearboxes & maybe axles & your piggy bank will hate you forever.

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