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Unread 10-03-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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I purchased a Peugeot 206 with 4 months MOT on it - i put it through its MOT and a couple of issues came up that i could do with some advice on please?

- Parking brake lever has no reserve travel - i think i have sorted this, i have tightened the nut behind the lever and now the hand brake is far firmer.

- Offside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (8%) - i was advised that adjusting the handbrake could resolve this, but how do i know if it has or if other work is required?

- Brake load sensing valve seized - i know what this is and have taken the back wheel off and located it, applied WD40, and moved it (gently) with a pair of pliers. As you look at it it is now moving freely from left to right. Does this mean it is unseized?

- Front exhaust has major leak of exhaust gases (mechanic said issue with catalytic converter) - i cannot see any visible issue, but i don't know an awful lot about cat converters - should / would i be able to see these gases? Or how would i dentify the ct had 'gone so to speak.

I appreciate that a lot of these issues could have been picked up at a service, but as i say i have only had the car a couple of months. I am also quite handy on the tools and can tackle most jobs - so any pointers would also be apreciated.

Thanks in advance


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Unread 10-03-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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Parking brake needs to be adjusted. You should pull the rear drums off and adjust the star adjuster, then adjust the cable underneath the car. Google this for a procedure, pretty easy.
Don't really understand your second question, could you rephrase?

If it moves then it's probably unseized, i would lubricate it with something other than WD40 though.

Is the car louder than it should be? That's the #1 sign of an exhaust leak. No, you won't see anything. The cat could be plugged, in which case you'll need to replace it. How many miles on the car? A new cat is typcally a couple hundred bucks.
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