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How other systems work- Primary cable Spring Adjuster Relay lever Bowden cable Transverse rod

On some handbrake systems, a primary cable runs through a pulley on the rear axle to a relax lever, which operates the brakes through a secondary cable. It adjusts at the lever.

Another type of handbrake has a single enclosed cable, called a Bowden cable, which runs directly to one brake drum and operates the other by means of a transverse rod.

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Adjusting the handbrake

The handbrake provides some braking effect if the hydraulic system fails, but it is primarily a ...