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Hand-brake warning light swich

PostPost by: iain.hamlton » Wed Jan 04, 2006 10:17 am

Happy new year. A simple one, no doubt.

I recently fitted a warning light switch to the handbrake on my bitsa-this-bitsa-that +2. It has not had one since I have had the car.

I fitted it vertically right above the clutch pedal- which I thought was correct - but found I kept catching it with my toe, despite having small shoes. This was annoying so I have taken it off again.

Is this a common? Is this the proper place to fit the switch? Is there a work around?

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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:05 pm

Although on both my Plus 2s the H/B casing has a mounting nut on the bottom side, the limit switch is actually mounted horizontally on the r/h of the casing. Take another look !

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PostPost by: iain.hamlton » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:49 am

Thanks, Sean,
I was wondering about that. Mine has the nut to mount the switch there, but for some reason it doesnt work in that position.

I'll make it work!

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PostPost by: iain.hamlton » Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:01 am

Sean, anyone.

Which side of the handbrake does the switch go?

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:47 pm

The switch on my handbrake is on the right (pointing to the acc.pedal) and if you have BIG feet is easily kicked
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PostPost by: iain.hamlton » Fri Jan 13, 2006 6:00 pm

More help please.... The new switch has arrived

The outer part of the handbrake has the drilling and welded-on-nut to take the switch. However when I fitted the new switch, I couldn't get it work. Baffled, I whipped the inner part out, and no wonder. The latching mechansim is on the right, so the plunger in the switch has nothing smooth to work on. Is there a different type of handbrake that allows the use of the right-hand mounting?

I am thinking of cutting the switch down and using it in the underneath position. I think I could another 1/2 inch of clearance.

Suggestions and comments please

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