mondeo mk3 mot failure! - telecaster
Failed mot today on "handbrake imbalance"....

Seems to be a common problem......I am hoping it is only a dry mechanism and a bit of grease will fix it.

Any pointers of what i should look out for/tips?

Cheers.
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - piston power
worn out brake shoes, leaking wheel cylinders,adguster worn out, pull the dodgy side off and take a look!
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - pmh
...worn out brake shoes, leaking wheel cylinders ...should both show up with reduced efficiency on the footbrake test. Did you get all the figures? This can always give you a good pointer. The best thing is to talk to the tester, he will have a pretty good opinion on what is the likely cause.


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pmh (was peter)


mondeo mk3 mot failure! - cheddar
Rear calipers can be a bit sticky, grease the sliders, lube the handbrake actuation arm with WD40 (though be VERY careful not to let it get on the discs or pads), also the cables can bind. Not much help though a few things to check.
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - Quinny100
There was at least one handbrake recall/service action on the Mk3. One involved fitting a new lever with a manual adjuster to replace the auto adjuster and another involved fitting levers to the rear brake calipers. The spec of the handbrake cables was also changed.

If it has been maintained in the dealer network it should have been done, although my 02 car only had the work done in 2004. A Ford dealer should be able to check the reg number on OASIS and see if there are any outstanding service actions.
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - telecaster
There was at least one handbrake recall/service action on the Mk3.
One involved fitting a new lever with a manual adjuster
to replace the auto adjuster and another involved fitting levers to
the rear brake calipers. The spec of the handbrake cables
was also changed.
If it has been maintained in the dealer network it should
have been done, although my 02 car only had the work
done in 2004. A Ford dealer should be able to
check the reg number on OASIS and see if there are
any outstanding service actions.>>



Cheers Quincy , will also look into the door rusting problem as I am still within the 6 year anti corrison warranty limit!


mondeo mk3 mot failure! - cheddar
Cheers Quincy , will also look into the door rusting problem
as I am still within the 6 year anti corrison warranty
limit!


12 years IIRC.
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - elekie&a/c doctor
Most common problem with handbrake faults on these mk 3 Mondeos is seized cables.Best to change them as a pair.
mondeo mk3 mot failure! - cheddar
Most common problem with handbrake faults on these mk 3 Mondeos
is seized cables.Best to change them as a pair.


I have had a couple of problems with binding rear brakes on my Mondeo, the dealer though it was binding cables though it was in fact sticking caliper sliders.
 

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