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Nick Barnes

Handbrake Cable Replacement

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I have bought a new handrake cable to fit on my MK VII, reading the manaul it says remove the exhaust and heat shield ? as well as a couple of bolts, it looks there are screws coming down from inside the car to the underside of the car that hold the heat shield on ( about 8 - 10 all around it )? do I have to undo these from inside the car / under the carpet, or do I have to twist the plastic nut thing from under the car that secures the heat shield ? ( it does not look like a nut ) or do I just pull the heat shield to relaese it off of these screws ?

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I've read somewhere that these screws are fixed with things called " fender washers " ? do you just pull then off or twist them or whats the trick ? I do not really want to break the heatshield but if all else fails I will just remove the heatshield to gain access to the handbrake cable and wrap the exhaust with exhaust bandage to stop the heat ?

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On closer inspection it turns out these "washers " holding the heatshield on are just like flattenned nuts ( they were covered in sh*t so couldn't really see until I cleaned the area, a 22mm socket fitted them, all sorted another jod done handbrake now works as as it should !!!

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