How to Know if Your Handbrake Needs Adjustment?
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How to Know if Your Handbrake Needs Adjustment?

Let me set the scene…my wife meets up with an old girlfriend at the pub after work. She parks in the carpark directly opposite her friend’s car. The girls have a light beverage, then leave the pub and walk to their cars only to find that my wife’s car has rolled forward and into the front of her friend’s car…oops!

This example shows that you need to pay particular attention to the tension of your handbrake. My wife said that she thought she had pulled the handbrake all the way up, but in fact it was just one click away from the top. It came to light that for some time, she had been parking without the handbrake on full because she thought that she had raised it high enough according to how tight it felt to her. That last click would have been very tight and so she never knew there was a “last click.”

So how do you know if your handbrake needs adjustment? The average number of handbrake clicks from down to up should be between 5 and 8. Anything above 8 could suggest that your handbrake needs to be made tighter and likewise, less than 5 clicks means it’s too tight and can cause your rear brakes to drag.

The next time you are parked on a slope make sure you have your handbrake all the way up, otherwise you could end up in an embarrassing situation like my poor wife!

I should probably say that if you have parked on a slope and then realised your handbrake needs adjustment, keep you car parked in gear to help prevent it from rolling…then give me a call 😉


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    16/03/2020, 9:30 pm REPLY

    It is also advisable to put in the gear. Since I am pushing my handbrake once a year (read the text as it goes ) I know that on the fifth click it catches a little and completely on the last click

  • Sandy Mathers
    16/01/2020, 11:16 pm REPLY

    I had my car serviced and tested on the 7th January buy Peter Vardy Aberdeen when I got the car back the hand brake had never been touched, as the handbrake is coming fully up I went back into the garage and took it up with them, I was told the handbrake did not come into the service, they wouldn’t touch it, I bought the car two years ago and have a 3 years free services with it so not actually having to pay for it I feel if I was having to pay for the service they would have fixed the handbrake

  • Penny Albritton
    24/10/2018, 12:05 pm REPLY

    A weak handbrake on an older vehicle caused by a stretched handbrake cable. This article shows how to tighten the handbrake cable to ensure the handbrake works correctly. Hand brake is a mechanical linkage of rods and cables operated by a lever on the car’s floor or dash. But as time passes the linkage wears, the cables become slack and finally the handbrake cables break. We can’t adjust such cables. So we have to replace the handbrakes and for this please refer to:
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  • Liam Roth
    29/08/2018, 1:34 pm REPLY

    Undoubtedly, the braking system needs maintenance at a regular interval like other components of the vehicle. However, some people underestimate the importance of regular maintenance of handbrake which could lead to an accident and endanger the life of the passenger. So, the condition of different components of the handbrake should be inspected at a regular interval to ensure effective performance of such braking system. To conduct such kind of inspection, you may like to visit [link removed]

  • Zoe Perez
    27/08/2018, 11:45 am REPLY

    Handbrakes play a key role to prevent accidents and driving a vehicle with damaged handbrakes could be very dangerous and could endanger the safety of the passenger. So, prior to leaving for a destination, the condition of different components of the vehicle along with braking system should be inspected and damaged components should be replaced with suitable substitutes to ensure the smoother performance of the vehicle. Apart from this, the vehicle needs regular maintenance for a prolonged lifespan. Have a look at [link removed]

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