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Hi,
I was trying to adjust my left hand rear brake with a ratchet and pliers and it's snapped off. I have no idea what to do, can someone help me please
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I think you are going to need a complete new brake cable as it all comes as one piece.
The cable itself isn't expensive (ยฃ20-30).

Video below (not the exact scooter you have but it will be very similar).

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Thank you. I've neglected it a bit and not really looked after it as I should. Never had a Vespa before and my mechanical skills are non existent.
It's rusted from weather etc so not sure if I should just cut my losses with it lol
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I'm sure you could bodge something together to make it work.
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I'm sure you could bodge something together to make it work.
One place it's best not to bodge something together is brakes. They're kind of important. By all means, bodge it to get home. But long term, replace the brake cable.
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Is it just me or is that tire mounted backwards?
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Is it just me or is that tire mounted backwards?
Just you
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Is it just me or is that tire mounted backwards?
I hope not as it's a right knob to remove. I had a puncture
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Yeah, don't bodge, something you depend on that makes you stop and while you are at it flip your back tire its on backwards.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
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Yeah, don't bodge, something you depend on that makes you stop and while you are at it flip your back tire its on backwards.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Oh dear ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Does it make much of a difference?
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Oh dear ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Does it make much of a difference?
Apparently two people in this thread have tyres mounted backwards, and neither of them is you.
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Llywellyn I know you are a Cardi with short arms and deep pockets just buy a new cable.
You still the other side the river from me can sort it or did you move?
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Llywellyn I know you are a Cardi with short arms and deep pockets just buy a new cable.
You still the other side the river from me can sort it or did you move?
It's on order mate. No I'm south now, I'm between Swansea and Bridgend.
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It's on order mate. No I'm south now, I'm between Swansea and Bridgend.
It's all good ordering but I've no idea what I'm doing even after watching videos ๐Ÿ˜†
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It's all good ordering but I've no idea what I'm doing even after watching videos ๐Ÿ˜†
Dai at In Small Wheels maybe a place to take it, he hรกs a good rep.
Think he's in104 Clyndu St, Morriston, Swansea SA6 7BG
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The rotation arrow is there for a reason, mainly water displacement in wet weather.
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The rotation arrow is there for a reason, mainly water displacement in wet weather.
Indeed but they are fitted right. The tyre has 2 direction arrows depending on if they are fitted on the front or rear. The tyre in the picture is the rear.
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Indeed but they are fitted right. The tyre has 2 direction arrows depending on if they are fitted on the front or rear. The tyre in the picture is the rear.
well spotted didn't notice the right arrow.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
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Apparently two people in this thread have tyres mounted backwards, and neither of them is you.
And not me, didn't spot the ar to the right, two directional tread. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
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I confess, I was wrong. A temporary lapse of reason but I am contrite, I'll even have a larger helping of broccoli tonight in self-flagellation.

With all that rust it might make sense to look at the entire brake back there and when did you last change the front fluid? The front caliber is vulnerable for seizing on old brake fluid (it corrodes the piston bore) but I suppose "like the idiot clock that strikes 13, all previous judgements are suspect."
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Apparently two people in this thread have tyres mounted backwards, and neither of them is you.
And two people in this thread have hauled on the wrong nut too hard without loosening the other one first, with the same result.
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I confess, I was wrong. A temporary lapse of reason but I am contrite, I'll even have a larger helping of broccoli tonight in self-flagellation.

With all that rust it might make sense to look at the entire brake back there and when did you last change the front fluid? The front caliber is vulnerable for seizing on old brake fluid (it corrodes the piston bore) but I suppose "like the idiot clock that strikes

13, all previous judgements are suspect."
I have ordered a new brake cable, just got to find out how to fit it now ๐Ÿ˜†
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And two people in this thread have hauled on the wrong nut too hard without loosening the other one first, with the same result.
Please say this in English. Have I put my wheel on backwards?
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Llywelyn wrote:
Please say this in English. Have I put my wheel on backwards?
The tire is currently correct.
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Please say this in English. Have I put my wheel on backwards?
No, he's saying the original part broke because you (and many other people) tightened the retaining nut ("keeper nut") without understanding that the OTHER threaded part the nut touches is for adjusting the brakes. You are supposed to loosen the retaining nut first, make the adjustment, and then tighten the retaining nut to hold the adjustment in place. It isn't complicated, but it isn't obvious. You'll see with the new part.
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For future reference
Just replaced the brake cable on my LX, a primavera a going to be similar I would think.

First the horn cover comes off, then the mirrors and headlight cowl.
Then the inner leg shield cover then the spark plug access panel and floor panel. In the LX the 2 rear plastic side panels are attached to the floor so they come off also.

It wouldn't just thread through without taking all that off.

Little holder on variator cover I took off also.

I also replaced the lever and mount (as the thread for the mirror had stripped) so that's why the grip and lever are missing.

It's pretty straight forward just a lot of things to take off.
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