I have a Octavia vrs, i pulled the handbrake on and a loud pop/bang was heard. It still works fine as do the other brakes however now when driving there is a squeak coming from the wheels plus after a few miles the brakes smell bad and are smoking. The tyre pressure warning light has also come on in the dash. I could do with an idea of the problem before i take it to get repaired so the mechanic doesn't try ripping me off.

  • Welcome to the site. Sounds like a stuck brake. Do you use the handbrake regularly? Or was this the first time in a while?
    – CharlieRB
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:29
  • From your description there could be several problems but first have you checked the tyre pressures? That should be your first course of action ...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:29
  • Handbrake is used regularly as my drive is on a downward slope, i have now parked it on the flat road as the car 'groans' when being held by the handbrake now. I have booked into a garage for Friday and they charging £25 just to inspect the brakes
    – K.T
    Mar 20, 2018 at 14:05

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It sounds as though your Octavia has a mechanical handbrake system. With this type of system, there's a main cable (or pull) which goes from the hand brake actuator to a splitter, then has two cables which go back to the rear brakes, which then actuates the parking brakes (either part of the primary brakes, or a secondary brake only used for parking). If one of the secondary cables broke (even partially), it could be producing the symptoms you're talking about. One side of the two brakes would be providing enough stopping force to hold the vehicle in place, which is why you're still seeing them as working.

As far as tire pressure goes, this would be a separate issue. If the indicator doesn't show you which tire is low, check all four for proper inflation. If all of them have proper inflation (check your driver's side door jam for a sticker which shows you what it should be), you may have a bad wheel sensor.

  • Some mechanical handbrakes have two cables that start at the handbrake mechanism pulled by a "balance" beam , this does mean that there are only two cables not 3 which reduces the complexity...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:45

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