Lotus Elan

Handbrake pad helper springs

PostPost by: wotsisname » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:29 pm

I believe it's fairly common to fit a spring on the handbrake adjuster rod to help push the pads off the disk.
Am I correct and is it worthwhile?
What spec should the spring be? Or better still where's a good source
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:06 am

Arguably it's the small centralizing strips behind the pads that pull them back off the disc. But if the arms themselves don't move back contact can continue so yes a compression spring between them around the adjusting rod makes sense.
Any spring the right length would do but the usual suspects should carry them.
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:55 pm

viewtopic.php?f=42&t=44448

Might be pertinent at this juncture...
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:41 pm

Thanks, both. That link was a very useful read as I hadn't quite grasped the full purpose of the centralising strips.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:03 pm

Well researched Jon - I see that I contributed to that thread.
But as I've just said elsewhere my memory isn't what it was!
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:23 am

No research needed Mark, I had it as a shortcut in my browser. Every time I find a thread of use to me I save a link to it. :D
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:34 pm

You're just too damn organised for my liking! :D
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