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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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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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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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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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I drove my car about 1 km before realising that I didn't release the handbrake. Will this cause any big problems to my car? [duplicate]

Luckily, I drove slowly, about 20-40km/h. When I reached home, I realised that I did not release my handbrake. Will there be a big problem?
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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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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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VW Passat Estate B5 - Parking brake suddenly slack but cable not broken

The handbrake on my VW Passat Estate B5 has suddenly become slack. With the handbrake on, the faulty side wheel is free to turn by hand. Foot brake works as normal Lifting the center console, I can ...
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Help me with my hand Brakes

I have a 2007 Honda Civic DX sedan. Recently my hand brakes stop staying up. Mechanic said the cables are good but I need some sort of clip or spring but he isn't sure because he is unfamiliar with ...
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Should I pull up the handbrake as high as it will go when parked?

I always pull my handbrake up as high as it will go when I am parked (I put the button in and yank it pretty hard, until it won't go up anymore) It is easy to remove again. My friend says this ...
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I drove with the handbrake on for 1000 metres

I left my handbrake on for about 1000 meter when driving this winter. I smelled something burning when I opened the front door. Since then there is often a burning smell back right wheel after ...
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Any way to assess my brake disc condition?

I have a problem with my handbrake (bear with me now). So I went to the service to have them check it out. The mechanic took a 10 second look at my car and told me I needed to change both of my brake ...
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Hand Brake Loose

I have a 2008 Honda Accord, today I not that the parking hand brake has no resistance. Its really easy just to lift it up and turn on the parking brakes. Then I check the parking brakes and see that ...
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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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Did I damage my car by trying to move in reverse with the handbrake on?

I was in a hurry to leave for the office yesterday and forgot that my handbrake was engaged while starting. I started the engine, clutched, and reverse geared, and found the vehicle not moving ...
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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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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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Immediate braking mechanism?

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but why don't automobiles have some sort of immediate braking mechanism? Even one that plows into the ground to stop the car faster than if you just ...
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On a BMW E46 330Ci, is it necessary to pull the handbrake lever when you're in 'P' mode?

My flatmate drives a 2001 BMW E46 330Ci automatic transmission. I sat next to him while he drove us to the supermarket. When we arrived, I noticed that he only put the gear lever into 'P' and switch ...
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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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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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Mustang 95 hand brake and abs problem lights on

(Sorry for my lack of mechanical English experience) I just bought a 95 Mustang. When I made my first test drive all was well, except a problem with my disc brake (they aren't even) but this doesn't ...
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While driving, my handbrake gets automatically engaged (maybe)

I own a Hyundai Accent. I drove it for around 800kms yesterday. All was fine until I was close to my house. I heard a noise coming from the rear wheel as if the wheel was stuck. After a while, ...
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Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?

My friend keeps saying that you should not use handbrake during the cold weather and use the gear 1 to keep car in place: if you set the handbrake on, it may freeze and get poor. Then again the friend ...
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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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How to adjust handbrake on civic 1997

I've had my '97 civic for a little over a year now. Sometimes I park the car on an uphill road, pulling the handbrake right up, but when I get out, or get back in, the car still moves a bit, and i ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Peugeot 207 Handbrake lever loose with handbrake on

I would like to begin by saying that my mechanical experience with cars only stretches as far as I've seen on Top Gear. My knowledge about cars isn't any better than a 5 year olds. Now then, I've got ...
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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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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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'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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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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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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Handbrake not engaging on hills

What is the ideal range to pull handbrake on and engage so vehicle doesn't move on a hill on a Ford focus climate.
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Handbreak return spring Vauxhall/Opel Vectra

So i got in the car this morning, and it felt like i still had my handbrake on when i pulled off. Check that, it wasn't on. Drove on a little bit thinking i was imagining it, finally accepted it was ...
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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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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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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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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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Nissan Altima Intermittent Emergency brake warning light

Every morning when I release the emergency brake, the light on the dashboard stays on. At times I apply and release as hard as I can and the light goes off. During the day, there is no issue with ...
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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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Hyundai Verna (Accent) handbrake light is on everytime

My Hyundai Verna/Accent handbrake light comes on when driving and just off in shortly times Any ideas to what might be causing this, if so what parts will need to be replaced/repaired?
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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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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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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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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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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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