C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Yes, place your time and money saving tips here.Nothing illegal or dangerous please!Motoring related only please.

Moderator: RichardW

donor 2017
Posts: 364
Joined: 14 Dec 2010, 16:26
x 28

C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Post by 411514 » 05 Feb 2017, 19:37

As some of you may be aware, the Mk1 (at least) C5 handbrake cables are routed through metal guide tubes running from below the centre-console, alongside the exhaust, to the wheel arch.

It seems to be the case that, over time, most likely due to the heat from the exhaust, the cable sheath welds itself to the inner wall of the guide tube. As a result, it it usually the case that when the handbrake cables are replaced, the guide tubes must also be replaced.

I changed my handbrake cables about 4 years ago using new guide tubes. Before inserting the cables into the guide tubes I generously greased the cable sheath. I was hoping that this would avoid the sheath becoming stuck in the guide tube.

I can now report that the greasing seems to work, inasmuch that I have just changed the handbrake cables again, and the greased cables pulled fairly easily from the guide-tube, meaning that I did not need to replace the guide tubes.

User avatar
Forum Admin Team
Posts: 10714
Joined: 15 Sep 2015, 19:38
x 890

Re: C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Post by GiveMeABreak » 05 Feb 2017, 20:05

Thanks for updating the Forum Sam - I'm moving this to the handy hints and tips section.

User avatar
Forum Admin Team
Posts: 14575
Joined: 02 Mar 2008, 14:30
x 327

Re: C5 Handbrake cable-top tip

Post by myglaren » 05 Feb 2017, 20:44

Last time mine were replaced I had them grease the guide tubes and cables - I presumed water ingress to be the culprit but your reasoning appears sound enough.