Three months ago I purchased from ebay and installed a set
of ‘‘PowerTune’’ handbrake pads set, overhauled the handbrake
callipers and at last I had a working handbrake !
Not even a week later though, to my great dismay, the
handbrake lever was going all the way up and there was no
braking any more… You can imagine I was not the happiest
man in the world…
I took the whole thing apart again and the reason was quite
obvious, the pads had broken off from the supporting plate.
This could be the result of over-tightening, or defective /
bad quality pads, I do not know, but three out of four were
So, I decided to take an other, and less expensive, route,
to make my own pads!
A friend mechanic gave me, and for free, a set of four new
front pads from an old Datsun that were sitting in his
garage for years. The are relatively small and not very
thick, so they were perfect for the job. The plate is
thicker and there will be no bending and pad braking, but
over all the were only about 2mm thicker so at the end it
was a perfect fit.
Time will tell the rest.
Aristides Balanos, 1986 XJ V12,VDP - www.e-psychi.com/jaguar
Roussillon, Provence, France
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