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Lever and cable-operated device that applies and locks the rear brakes to maintain the vehicle stationary while parked.

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Handbrake causes brakes to stick on accord v6 2008

I bought an Honda accord v6 2008 a few months ago and the owner told me the handbrake didn’t work. He said that if I were to engage the handbrake, the brakes would stick. I didn’t think much of it and ...
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Did i damage my car by driving with the hand brake on [duplicate]

I was in a rush and I reversed with my handbrake up then proceeded to drive about 100 meters in 2nd gear, when I came to a stop i noticed that my handbrake was still up. I might be overthinking since ...
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How does ECU know the hand brake is on?

I was reviewing the data around the DTC event, and it said the hand brake was on. I assumed it was a software bug, because I was sure the hand brake was off, but today after jacking up the rear I ...
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I drove my 2003 Mazda 6 with the handbrake on for about 2.5 km [duplicate]

I noticed smoke from the rear tyres with a burning smell. I also put the car in drive with the handbrake engaged to test if they were still working and it moved forward, although, this was on a slight ...
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Handbrake won't hold MK 7 RWD Transit unless all 4 rear wheels are on the ground

I have a motorhome built on a Mk 7 2.4l RWD Ford Transit (which has dual rear wheels, i.e. four wheels on the single rear axle). When camping on a slope I use levelling ramps to level it (of which I ...
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Applying handbrake when car is barely rolling

I am a new driver and at a parking booth, I was trying to get a ticket. The car started to roll a little bit and my fellow passenger applied the automatic handbrake abruptly. Can this cause any ...
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What are the signs of sticking brakes?

Since couple of days ago my car started to feel a bit more sluggish on initial launches and when i park it on a very slight slope with no handbrake pulled and gear in neutral, it doesnt start to roll ...
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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

This is something that I've always wondered. I'm no mechanic (web developer, actually) with very basic knowledge of vehicle mechanics so I can only guess at something like brake pipe pressure being ...
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Accelerated in reverse, quickly with handbrake still on. What damage to manual van?

Accelerated in reverse from a muddy patch with the handbrake still on. Realised the problem when accelerating but going no where. Tried again with the handbrake off and noise while reversing. What ...
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E-Brake/ Parking or Hand Brake not working (well barely)

So I was pulling my Jeep back into my workshop and realized that I had accidentally left the handbrake engaged, but it barely felt like it was doing anything. I heard squeaking, so it WAS doing ...
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Dropped Wireless Headphone in Handbrake

I drive a manual transmission 2013 nissan versa base model. I dropped a wireless headphone through the gap between my center console and the hand brake. Does anyone know where I can find instructions ...
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'06 Mazda3 handbrake "popped out"

This happened a couple times many years ago, but I just can't remember the resolution. Basically if you incredible-hulk the handbrake on the Mazda3, it "pops out" to this overly upward ...
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Emergency brake light is on and stays on

The van (iveco daily, sorry don't know the type anymore) of my father has a brake warning light on. Once I removed te cover I saw it was a single wire that was disconnected from the switch. I thought ...
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Handbrake was on while taking reverse [duplicate]

Bought a new tata nexon (automatic) and while trying to take car in reverse from a downward place handbrake was on by mistake, startes noticing burning rubber smell and smoke from bonnet. Immediately ...
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Remove metal sock from Honda Civic 2006 handbrake lever

I've got a Honda Civic 2006 and the handbrake lever cracked near the top. I've got a new button assembly off ebay but it seems as though the old part has snapped off inside the metal lever. To access ...
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Why does the rear suspension compress when the e brake is applied, but not when the foot brakes are replied?

The title explains the question fairly well. The rear suspension also dips when power is applied (in the case of launch control). Does this phenomenon occur on independent suspensions, and why exactly ...
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Left automatic car in reverse with handbrake on - problematic?

As I was getting out last night, I uncharacteristically forgot the car in R, with the handbrake on; engine was off. This morning everything seemed ok, but I was still slightly worried. Specifically - ...
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What would cause a weak handbrake?

The handbrake on my car is too weak. By that I mean that, when I pull the handbrake as hard as I can, it still doesn't brake the car if I park steeply enough. The handbrake lever does, however, still ...
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Handbrake on while reversing

I’ll keep this brief as I’m mortified about it but this morning as I was parking for work I managed to park up into a little ledge, in an effort to straighten myself I reversed and my engine stalled. ...
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Help!! Handbrake lever not working but handbrake seems to be on?

Went to start the car today but noticed straight away that the handbrake leaver hasn't got any tension on it at all - can pull it up and down with one finger. Thought i might have a snapped cable and ...
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Why do you use the "park" gear to park a car and not only the handbrake? [duplicate]

Here on the internet people just explain the difference between the two and how you should also apply the handbrake when it gets steep, but why is there even a parking gear in the first place when you ...
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Does a failing parking brake cable affect steering and braking?

I drive an old manual Toyota Tazz (2002 model). It came back from it's last service months ago with a "spring-like" / squeaky noise every time I turned my steering wheel. I queried this with the ...
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Have I damaged my car by attempting to reverse with hand/park brake up? [duplicate]

Earlier today, I stopped a little too far from an entrance I meant to use. I had to reverse to get back to it. I unconsciously pulled the handbrake up when I stopped (I think it is habit) so when I ...
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How far should you put your handbrake up?

My feeling is to just pull it up as far as it goes, but I've heard this is bad for the brakes and the car and so it would be better to pull it up with the button pressed till you feel slight ...
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Park Break Cable Sensor

We are developing an autonomous vehicle as a university project. And we want to know if the parking brake cable is broken. I searched this on the internet. But I didn't find anything. Is there a ...
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2005 Honda accord. Loose handbrake

I have a 2005 Honda Accord, I have noticed that the parking hand brake has no grip and is very loose. It is real easy to lift it up and there is barely no click until it gets really high up. I also ...
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Hand brake freezes and defroster seems nonfunctional after flood remediation

I provide a lot of context for my questions. For the bottom-line-up-front, please skip down to the specific questions section. Background My car was parked in a 3rd level sub-basement, which was ...
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My 2008 Mazda 3 TS D passed it's MOT, but with seemingly low service/parking brake efficiency. Should I be worried?

I have a 2008 Mazda 3 TS D. It's my first car, so I'm still unsure as to what is normal and what is not. I'm in the UK (Northern Ireland). It recently (Saturday) passed it's MOT, but the parking/...
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Keeping car in hand break or gear after it has been out on a rainy day?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva, about 1 year and 3 months old. I do not know driving, and have learnt about car operations from the manual given with cars. As a result, I am often fooled by drivers. ...
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Trouble replacing my handbrake

I have replaced the handbrake cable on my Vauxhall Corsa and adjusted it from the inside of the car but the back brakes are still not working properly. Any ideas on how I can fix this problem?
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burning rubber smell from car

So, last night saw temperatures dip well below freezing and I parked in shaded place (this will become relevant). This morning I drove about half a mile to school and noticed a very strong burning ...
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How bad the damage to system will be, when using handbrake

I am new and interested in car driving. I have seen several videos using hand brake for, turns, drifting, parallel parking by race car drivers, donuts etc, to prove the ability of what a vehicle/...
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I dropped some food into the hole under my hand brake

2014 Nissan Versa I dropped a nut (like a peanut, walnut) into the small hole under my hand brake. The nut is about 2/3 the size of the hole. There seems to be no way for me to get it out. Does ...
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Which part of the car will be damaged in this case?

I have a Toyota Etios Liva Viera Limited Edition car, which is going to be 3 years old next January. The greatest problem that we face is that, no one in our family knows how to drive. As a result, ...
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Can pulling up the handbrake without depressing the button wear or damage it?

I have a friend who believes that if you pull up the handbrake (aka the parking brake) without pressing down the little button on the end, it "weakens" the handbrake, or otherwise shortens its life. ...
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Alarming sound for indicator symbols on the instrument cluster on Hyundai i30

So, I recently bought a Hyundai i30 2014 model, the car works flawlessly except that I don't hear an Alarming sound for indicator symbols on the instrument cluster. For instance Alarm to pull down the ...
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Is it safe if I forgot to put the handbrake on when I turn off the car?

Earlier today, I forgot to put the handbrake on when I turn off our car. Is it totally safe or is it dangerous to our car? My car has an automatic transmission.
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Have I damaged my car by driving with handbrake, do I need to take to a garage or should I ignore for now?

I hadn't driven for a few years and just started driving again. At first all was well, however then I started noticing that the car kept pulling and was acting funny at times. At times I noticed ...
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Pass-through hydraulic hand brake cylinder

I'm designing a custom hydraulic hand brake I want to build next. It will be a pass-through or "in-line" system, which is to be installed between the master cylinder and the rear brakes by "...
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2001 Hyundai Accent handbrake sensor

Just wondering if anyone has a video of how to fix the handbrake sensor in a 2001 Hyundai Accent? I can't work out how to get the case off.
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Does leaving a manual car in gear when parked damage the car in any way? [duplicate]

Does leaving a manual transmission car in gear (tip:lowest ratio gear offers the greatest resistance due to engine compression) present any disadvantage to the mechanicals of a vehicle? Parking brake ...
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Handbrake Engaged for 9-10 km Driving Roughly 80 km/h

Make: Mitsubishi Model: Pajero Intercooler 2800 Handling: Automatic Year: 1992 I forgot to release the handbrake on my car this morning. I didn't realize I forgot to release it until I had driven it ...
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Drove a New Volkswagen Jetta for 3.5 miles on a city road with hand brakes on

I am a new driver and have been driving only for a week. Yesterday, I did not disengage the hand brake completely before I started to drive. Because the car started moving as it normally would, I ...
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Car brake failure on sharp incline and back once off incline

I just experienced this. I got a repair done on my handbrake yesterday (it was not holding on sharp inclines before, would slip with clicking sounds). So I wanted to test this and took car on a sharp ...
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Handbrake cable for Toyota Corolla 1993

I have a 1993 Toyota Corolla, it needs a new handbrake cable, but I haven't been able to find one to buy. So, are there any other handbrake cable options (like a different Corolla year perhaps) that ...
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Antara Electronic Handbrake

2 Weeks ago I had my Vauxhall Antara in for a full service and MOT to of which it passed. On getting the car back i noticed on a couple of occasions that the handbrake wasnt engaging properly on a ...
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I forgot to release hand brake and drove a little. Is my car damaged? [duplicate]

I drive my car about 8 meters and forgot to release the hand brake. My car is new and 2016 model what will be happen. I am worried.
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Volvo XC90 Mk1 parking brake too weak

The parking brake of Volvo XC90 Mk1 (2002-2014) is weak by design and can not hold the car properly (manual transmission) even if well maintained. This goes back to the small size of brake drums on ...
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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?

I have an old Toyota in which the handbrake wire is broken. I have been using the car for few months now and I don't really want to spend more money on it. I now put the car in park and that is it and ...
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Impact/Effect on handbrake when parked on incline?

If a 2-2.5 (between two and two-and-a-half) ton saloon car: is manual between 7-15 years old parked on an incline of around 20-30 degrees for roughly 8 hours a day 5 days a week What can the ...