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Old 09 Oct 2018, 03:21 am
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At our yearly state inspection they told me i have to tighten the handbrake since it only engages in the last notch. I read that it's selfadjusting on the PT cruiser ours being a 2003. Is there a way to tighten it or is the selfadjuster broken and if so how do i check/fix that?
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Old 09 Oct 2018, 07:10 am
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Default Re: Tension the handbrake?

that tells me you need to adjust the e-brake pads at the wheels. jack up the car and see if they are working. probably not...
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Old 09 Oct 2018, 08:47 am
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At our yearly state inspection they told me i have to tighten the handbrake since it only engages in the last notch. I read that it's selfadjusting on the PT cruiser ours being a 2003. Is there a way to tighten it or is the selfadjuster broken and if so how do i check/fix that?
Check E brakes are working freely and adjust

Check that the little "dome" the handbrake relies on to operate inside the rear drum hasn't worn away - if it has you'll need to get a blob of weld put in it's place

The cable tension is adjustable by removing the centre console - which is a PITA. Hopefully it's your rear shoes need adjusting.
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Old 09 Oct 2018, 07:27 pm
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Default Re: Tension the handbrake?

What type of rear brakes? If rear disk, they changed the lever that actuates the parking brake. The old style wears through the backing plate, that's what Sinbad is referring to. I found a redesigned and improved lever in a late model PT at the junk yard. Here's my write up:
Parking Brake Problem / Lesson
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Old 30 Oct 2018, 06:54 am
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What type of rear brakes? If rear disk, they changed the lever that actuates the parking brake. The old style wears through the backing plate, that's what Sinbad is referring to. I found a redesigned and improved lever in a late model PT at the junk yard. Here's my write up:
Parking Brake Problem / Lesson
The rear brakes are disk, is that better? By the way the brakes are moving freely on all four wheels, I cleaned and greased them some months ago.
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Old 30 Oct 2018, 07:07 am
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The rear brakes are disk, is that better? By the way the brakes are moving freely on all four wheels, I cleaned and greased them some months ago.
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Did you read the thread that he referenced?

Parking Brake Problem / Lesson

And the subsequent info that I posted in that thread:

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I know it's an older post but this looks like terrific info and is very clearly laid out and described. Would anyone know the part numbers for these later version actuating levers or where I can find the numbers please, the only parts catalogue I have seen is the 2002 one. Thanks for any advice. Tom


This is from the '02 Parts Catalog:



This is from the '05 Parts Catalog:



This is MOPAR 05073648AA:



Certainly looks exactly like the part in the OP's post.

When searching online for parts, sometimes it helps to delete the leading "0" in a MOPAR part number.

Here are the parts on the Ebay.UK website:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_o...648AA&_sacat=0

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_o...645AA&_sacat=0

Rock Auto also offers them and I believe they ship international:

https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/mo...ake+lever,1868



Since your PT is an '03, it may be an early '03 and could still have the earlier design brake adjusting levers that RickinPA mentions, that could be part of the issue that you're facing.
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Old 30 Oct 2018, 08:03 am
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Default Re: Tension the handbrake?

Mine is probably a mid-2003 and it may have that issue. Of course, it also may be that the car is 15 years old and has 163,000 miles.
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Old 29 Apr 2019, 04:03 am
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Default Re: Tension the handbrake?

Tore down the e-brake yesterday and it turns out i have the new version of the lever. When putting it together i put the lower spring in backwards which made the disk not fit and during trying the brake material fell of the rear brakeshoe which had rusted. Ordered a new set and hopefully they'll arrive today since i have stateinspection tomorrow, so it's tight.
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