Rover 75/MG ZT Handbrake Compensator Fitting by Arctic


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This is the up to date Stainless Steel Handbreak Compensator fitting for our Rover 75 MG ZT cars from start to finish.

Stainless Steel compensator which replaces the mild steel one on our cars
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Right lets get started make sure you have all your tools ready as below 1b
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Most of the work is carried out from the near side of the car (Passengers Side).

Adjust front passenger seat as far forward as possible Fig 1
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Now adjust the front drivers seat forward and down as far as possible Fig 2
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With the front seats adjusted you can now remove the two screws from the side of the console using the long posidrive screwdriver very easy on the drivers side as the seat lower Fig 3
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Move round to the passengers side and remove that screw also put these safe for re-fitting when the compensator as been fitted Fig 4
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Next we turn our attension to removing the handbrake gaiter to expose the front adjuster nut Fig 5
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Push down the top of the gaiter and pull forward Fig 6
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There are four clips either side of the gaiter these can be pressed in to release the gaiter from the handbrake you may have to twist the handle part as it maybe a bit sticky then remove fully Fig 7
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With the gaiter removed you have access to the front cable adjuster nut 13mm Fig 8
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Now using a long reach deep 13mm socket undo the adjuster nut flush with the top of the thread,if washers or spacers have been used under the nut you will need to remove the nut altogether to remove them, you can then replace the adjuster nut flush with the top of the thread once they have been removed.Fig 9
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With the adjuster nut flush with the top of the thread you are ready to move to the rear of the car to carry on with fitting the compensator.Fig 10
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First make sure you have lowered the handbrake fully and the car is in gear or park Fig 11
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Now from the rear near passengers side first remove the carpet kicker by sliding it to the front of the car, rear passenger side, to the rear on the drivers side Fig 12-13
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Now pull away the rubber door seal from the bottom and hafl way up the door frame Fig 14
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Next pull out the bottom of the side panel gently it just clips into the frame Fig 15
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Now with the door card removal tool take out the black centre carpet plug if you do not have this tool use a wide flat ended screwdriver Fig 16
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Now go round to the drivers side and repeat the process from figs 12 to 16
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Not forgeting the side panel must be unclipped the the bottom Fig 18
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You must now peel the carpet from under the side panel as far as the seat belt anchor do this both sides Fig 19
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Now you can pull and pop uo the corner of the rear seat squab Fig 20
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Do the same on the passengers side pop up the corner of the seat Fig 21
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With this done you can now remove the rear ashtray situated at the rear of the console, open it and pull it down and out sharply Fig 22
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Now the rear ashtray compartment is removed you will see two 10mm bolts these need to be taken out Fig 23
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Remove the bolts using a ratchet spanner 10mm Fig 24-25
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We can now lift and prop up the rear of the console using a piece of 2"x 2" wood with a V cut out or a piece of broom handle 8" long i used a wooden spindle Fig 26
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Wedge this in the seat runner and prop up the drivers side of the rear of the console Fig 27
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This now give you access to the little bit of carpet that i like to cut as it helps later when lifting the rear of the carpet up and also gives you better access to the front cable black clip, this is not seen after the console is lowered down Fig 28
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With the little carpet cut you can open this and gain easy access to the front cable retaining clip (black) open the carpet Fig 29-30
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You will now see the black clip this must be removed to release the front cable from the compensator dont forget i am working from the near side of the car leaning in from the passenger footwell and door Fig 31
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Reach round and press the ends of the black clip together and it wiil come out very easy put this safe after removing as this is most important Fig 32
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With the clip removed you can release the front cable from the stretched compensator leave it lying under the carpet for now Fig 33
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Time to go back the the corner of the seats we pulled up earlier to pull the carpet from the lug it is held over both sides Fig 34-35
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Now that both corners are free the centre of the rear carpet will follow, it is ready to be pulled up to expose the compensator steel cover Fig 36
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Now again working from the passengers side rear door opening reach in and pull the carpet up if you have someone helping you they can pull it up from the drivers side at the same time, far easier with two people. Fig 37
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If you are working on your own cut your self two pieces of wood approx 10"-12" long you can use these to hold the carpet back and up for you Fig 37A
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With the carpet pulled up lying on the rear seat reach over and push in the rear inner corner of the carpet nearest to the steel cover the will give you access to the drivers side torx 27 bolt there are three altogether. Fig 38
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You can now use the small ratchet with the torx 27 bit in it to undo the bolt Fig 39
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Now you can do the passenger side torx again pushing in the inner corner carpet to give you most access Fig 40-41
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Finaly remove the last torx on top of the cover plate Fig 42
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You are now ready to change out the stretched compensator for the modifed Stainless Steel compensator which is a one time fit and will not stretch unhook the two rear cables from the compensator and remove Fig 43-44
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Offer up the new Stainless steel compensator and fit it you can do this two ways fit the front cable first and fit the black clip or fit the rear cables first then fit the front cable not forgetting the black clip. Fig 45
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Here i am showing you the front cable and rear cables fitted before i have fitted the black clip just to show how all cables are in the right place Fig 46
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Most important the black clip must be fitted to hold in the front cable Fig 47-48
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Replace the cover plate over the compensator Fig 49-50
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You can now adjust the front cable adjuster nut leaving 25mm from the top of the nut Fig 51-52
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As this member had already adjusted at the rear drums using the knurled nuts his handbrake only needed to be adjusted to 20mm as opposed to the usul 25mm recommended, if when you have adjusted to the 25mm the handbreak is not holding on three clicks you must bring the nut back flush with the top of the thread and adjust at both rear druns first then adjust at the front cable again to 25mm Fig 53-55
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Once you are satisfied with the adjusment refit the the carpet and trim not forgetting the two console side screws, the Stainless steel compensator swap is now complete, note the time from the first photo 11.30am and the last photo 12.09pm and i was taking photo's because it is your first time fitting allow your self an hour good luck Arctic

Posted 12 Jul 2013, 05:12 #1 

Last edited by Arctic on 24 Dec 2016, 11:33, edited 9 times in total.

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Below you will find my choice of tools for fitting the Handbrake SSC.

Long reach socket 13mm.
V cut wood.
Stanley knife angled.
Small rachet torx 27.
L shaped tool torx 27 (back up)
Rachet & open end 10mm spanner.
carpet trim tool.
Steel rule.
Long posidrive screwdriver.

Wood for carpet holding 11" if working alone.
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Posted 31 Mar 2014, 02:16 #2 


kelv65
hi i would like to buy one, my email is kelvinalderton@hotmail.co.uk

Posted 25 Apr 2016, 06:50 #3 

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kelv65 wrote:hi i would like to buy one, my email.


Hi kelvin.
I have sent you a PM with regards to the compensator, I would also remove your email address from public view to be on the safe side cheers Arctic.

Posted 25 Apr 2016, 10:27 #4 


jamescalver
Hi Arctic
I would like one of your modified compensators,i understand you needing the old unit, i have a spare compensator that i could send to you first. Could you please send me payment details (i have a paypal account if that helps) and you address so i can send the old unit to you.
Kind regards
jim

Posted 26 May 2016, 08:58 #5 

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jamescalver wrote:Hi Arctic
I would like one of your modified compensators,i understand you needing the old unit, i have a spare compensator that i could send to you first. Could you please send me payment details (i have a paypal account if that helps) and you address so i can send the old unit to you.
Kind regards
jim


Hi Jim I have sent you a PM with regards to the above

Posted 26 May 2016, 11:54 #6 


markpen
Thanks Arctic for providing the compensator so promptly. I removed 11 washers/spacers and the car is now through its MOT. There has been some stretch since fitting it but I hope this will be solved by adjusting the rear drums. Cheers

Posted 30 May 2016, 15:25 #7 

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markpen wrote:Thanks Arctic for providing the compensator so promptly. I removed 11 washers/spacers and the car is now through its MOT. There has been some stretch since fitting it but I hope this will be solved by adjusting the rear drums. Cheers


Hi Mark.
Yes it will adjustment at the rear drums, as the compensator can not stretch once the stainless steel one as been fitted, I would take the drums off and give them a good clean out, re-fit them once cleaned and adjust at the rear so the drum is locked back it off so there is a slight drag, once that is achieved adjust at the front cable as per usual to 25mm off the top of the thread, you may find that you can only get to 22mm but that is good also cheers Arctic.

Posted 02 Jun 2016, 06:37 #8 


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