XJ6 & XJ12 Series I, II & III 1968-1992

XJ6 Brakes. Handbrake

Old 10-08-2014, 04:32 PM
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Default XJ6 Brakes. Handbrake

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Hi Clarke,

I see you have a 73 XJ6. Recently I've purchased a 73 (series 1) as well. The brakes are totally gone on the car, even the handbrake. I'll be replacing the master cylinder this week (recommend from a british classic restoration shop) and also tackling the handbrake issue. I can't find much information on the handbrake. At least the information I've found is too vague for my experience. DO you have any information on maintaining/adjusting the handbrake or can you point me in the right direction? Much appreciated!

Hi Jacob,
I will list the threads below I have found referring to the XJ6 brakes. It may not all be relevant to your situation, but probably worth a quick look through the threads anyway.

If you have any questions at all post them here, plenty of people on the forum with help and advice on the series 1


Brake details from repair manual.(PDF version further down in post)
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Link below to PDF version of the above pictures for download (thanks to GGG for converting to PDF)

Here is a link to a Manual that I have and find very east yo follow, and it is model specific to the Series 1. It is in Australia but has free postage world wide. You may be able to find one locally,but they don't come up very often.

Jaguar XJ6 Service Manual. Publication No. E.155 (Bently publications,1972)

NEW Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 28 42 LI BY JAG Cars Paperback Book English Free 1855200562 | eBay

EDIT:I just noticed they have 5 available and brand new. Maybe the publisher has done a new print run since I searched for mine. Or the seller has found some NOS. I paid that much for a used one with 40 years of greasy finger marks all through it.

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Hi Jacob, check out a youtube video by V8Jagnut. He has a Series 1 and one of the later videos he does the handbrake. Well worth a look.
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Great resources! I'll check back in on this thread and let everyone know what I've been able to accomplish. I'm ready to have this car back on the road!
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Rear brakes maintenance requires access to under the car, be sure to use jack stands and other safety measure when working under your Jag.

This thread has some useful info too.
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A lot of repetition here. And far less informative than the postings of others.

Nomenclature. Not an emergency brake, or even a hand brake. a parking brake is a far better term for this system.

The service brakes and the parking brake are different systems in these cars. USA cars with rear drums use the same shoes. Merely one hydraulic application and the other by cable.

Here we have a robust disc brake arrangement as a service brake, applied by hydraulic pressure.

And a much smaller disc brake system applied by cable. This one is very intricate and made up of a bunch of parts that must fit together just right.

Application of the latter at speed would most likely destroy it.

It will not take much more than a short trip with the park brake on to destroy the teeny pads.

When my rear calipers began to seep, I contemplated an in situ change out. I got parts from Rock auto. Loaded rebuilt calipers. Too complex to take a chance on merely resealing the pistons.

Well, I ended up having a pro install them. At my age a bit much to get down and under a lot of times.

And, not up to dropping the entire cage for a complete refurb.
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