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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

With the handbrake on, the rear wheel is not able to rotate. When the foot brake is released the car will try to move forward. This will cause a rotational force on the rear tire. Since the rear ...
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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?

No, its up to you No No Assuming it is an automatic transmission using park is safe, there is a park pawl in the transmission that mechanically locks the output shaft, actually better than a parking ...
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Have I damaged my car by attempting to reverse with hand/park brake up?

You are not likely to have caused any damage in this situation. If you had driven 25 or 30 km with the handbrake on then yes there would be damage.
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Handbrake on while reversing

I'm assuming »conking the car« means that the motor stalled? You should be fine. The usual risks from driving with the handbrake are to leave it on for longer so that it overheats (which can cause a ...
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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?

According to Wikipedia, this is not advisable: Most vehicle manufacturers and auto mechanics do not recommend using the transmission's parking pawl as the sole means of securing a parked vehicle, ...
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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

When you stop the car using the footbrake, all four wheels are held stationary by the brake. When you apply the handbrake, this locks the rear wheels only (in most cars) - as you then release the ...
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Why do you use the "park" gear to park a car and not only the handbrake?

Putting the transmission into "Park" engages the "parking pawl" - essentially a metal pin that locks the output shaft of transmission (and thus the driven wheels) in place. As to why it exists - it ...
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Can pulling up the handbrake without depressing the button wear or damage it?

Pulling the hand brake without pushing the button has no effect on the service life of the parking brake. The only thing that will wear is the ratcheting lock mechanism, and I doubt you could wear it ...
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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 would advise you have the brakes checked over.. Depending on how hard the handbrake was on and how hot everything has been.. You may just have worn down the pads/shoes a little, however a bigger ...
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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?

If you live in the UK, this will fail your annual MoT test. (For the benefit of non-Brits, the Ministry of Transport requires a standard annual roadworthiness test for all vehicles.) Other countries ...
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What would cause a weak handbrake?

As you say that the handbrake mechanism is working, perhaps the shoes have just become hard and glazed due to their age and thus less effective. If this is the case there will be far less braking ...
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Applying handbrake when car is barely rolling

Can this cause any potential damage to the car? Almost certainly not. This is exactly what the hand brake (AKA the parking brake) is useful for. The brake stopped the car just as it was intended to. ...
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Any way to assess my brake disc condition?

So here's what I've learned in the past couple of days. Apparently there is a simple way of assessing the condition of brake discs/rotors. For every car there is a minimum thickness for the brake ...
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Is it safe if I forgot to put the handbrake on when I turn off the car?

If the vehicle is an automatic and the transmission is left in park then yes it will be ok. However it is advised that the handbrake is used when the vehicle is parked. If its a manual vehicle, then ...
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'06 Mazda3 handbrake "popped out"

Yup. I have an '08 manual transmission Mazda3 and the parking brake handle broke inside. I took the whole thing apart, but no really good way to fix it. The good news, is that it was readily ...
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Keeping car in hand break or gear after it has been out on a rainy day?

If the handbrake sticks on after the car has been in the rain, you need to get the brakes serviced. One reason would be that the rear brake drums are corroded. This should not happen. My car (in the ...
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Alarming sound for indicator symbols on the instrument cluster on Hyundai i30

There can be multiple explanations for this: 1. Disabled the speaker through OBD port (some manufactures give you an option to disable this in the software using a laptop connected to your OBD port). ...
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Antara Electronic Handbrake

The checks to be performed on a vehicle's handbrake are defined in section 3.1 of the VOSA MOT Inspection Manual. They are pretty rudimentary, essentially checking that there is one, it works on two ...
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Help!! Handbrake lever not working but handbrake seems to be on?

If I should guess, I'd say your handbrake cables are both frozen. There are two steel cables running from the hand brake lever to each rear brake, acting on a small lever there. And there is a small ...
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E-Brake/ Parking or Hand Brake not working (well barely)

Your Wrangler has drum brakes in the rear which are used for the parking brake, at least I'm not seeing anything else in the parts which are showing something else. Since you heard some squealing with ...
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When the handbrake is not working, is it safe to fully depend on putting car into park instead?

Whilst leaving a car in Park (auto) or in gear (manual) will prevent the car from rolling away, in the event that the primary braking system fails, you will have no means of stopping the car. This is ...
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I dropped some food into the hole under my hand brake

Couple of tools to use for situations like this. Magnetic probe which is a rod on the end of which is a magnet. Just make sure to hold onto it tightly or use a lanyard. Another is called a claw ...
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I dropped some food into the hole under my hand brake

It looks like it probably doesn't matter. If you can get it out with a magnet or wire or a stick with tape on the end, by all means try. However, it appears that this hole is only used for adjusting ...
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Does leaving a manual car in gear when parked damage the car in any way?

No, it puts some stress on the transmission/driveline, but not much. It's negligible compared to the stress it gets when you drive the car, even when parked on a steep hill. You must have driven up ...
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Can pulling up the handbrake without depressing the button wear or damage it?

Many people pull the hand brake and let the ratchet assist them. It helps get a more consistent tension on the cable by minimizing the amount (time) of the pull. A greater concern in my mind is to ...
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Can pulling up the handbrake without depressing the button wear or damage it?

Does it wear at all? Yes. Is it significant? No. The brakes will not weaken. Only the locking mechanism is affected. Like CharlieRB said: Only the ratcheting mechanism will wear in that situation, ...
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Handbrake cable for Toyota Corolla 1993

From what I can see, there are two cables; rear left and rear right. I'm afraid I do not know if they very by location but in the UK, for Right Hand Drive, Pagid appear to manufacture both. The ...
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Have I damaged my car by attempting to reverse with hand/park brake up?

It depends... But a few kilometers might be enough to vitrify your brake-lining nonetheless. Friction can be so powerful to use it for welding, if you might know. I made a similar stupid mistake. ...
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Left automatic car in reverse with handbrake on - problematic?

The handbrake will accept outside forces up to a certain limit. If your vehicle was parked on a level or near-level surface and did not begin to move from gravity, the handbrake was providing the ...
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Why does the rear suspension compress when the e brake is applied, but not when the foot brakes are replied?

It depends on the rear suspension of the vehicle as to whether it will "dip" or not under the circumstances you're talking about. The type of rear suspension I'd suspect you are describing ...
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