The handbrake cables adjuster is absolutly not for adjusting the brake's.It is only for free play.Your's and everybodys problem is that missunderstanding.Bear with me.The rear shoes or pads wear away in use.we all know that.so do the fronts.The piston seals act as a kind of spring ,retracting the pistons enough to allow free wheel,if not,sticky front caliper'sMOT fail.the rears also do this,good for freewheel ,not good for hand brake.So a mechanisim has to be used to limit how far back the rears retract.this is the self adjuster's.Self adjusters is missleading term,YOU unknowingly adjust them using the brake.Each time the hand brake is pulled on and released the adjusters move to take up slack,but only if the opperating lever on the caliper's is allowed to retract fully each time.tightening the cable means the caliper lever dosent have the travle to engage the adjusters.Rant over!!1your car,slacken and remove from caliper lever both cables,drown the caliper opperating lever inwd40,and free it off.Using a piston wind back tool,retract the pistons.fit pad's,replace calper,Now using the caliper lever,manually crank it untill pad's close up an less and less lever movement is avialiable,eventully the pad's grip the disc and lever can only move a little befor opperating the brake ,then and only then do you reattach the handbrake cble to caliper levers and adjust freeplay .If this dosent give the best brake possible,then the calpers are shot.probably because someone over tightened the cable and caliper lever/?/internals seized.
Its a bit like alloy wheels that are heavier than the steel ones they replace;
erm no point in them !
I stand by what I said yesterday. "Alloy wheels are functionally superior to steel wheels. Their greater dimensional accuracy gives rise to far less steering vibration problems. They have less radial and axial run-out, and better circularity, than steel wheels. Give me alloys any day."
I had a 'recall' notice a few months ago relating to the handbrake lever ratchet. Anyway, I decided to leave it until the yearly service.
It went in yesterday for the service, MOT and handbake recall.
Handbrake is now as you would expect and it passed the mot without any 'advisory' on the efficiency. I suspect the recall was more than Honda are letting on. Curious too that a family member with a Jazz just 4 weeks older than ours did not need the recall.
I wonder if, despite owners like me complaining about the poor handbrake for 3 years, Honda had a high number of MOT fails and had to do something about it?