- Have I snapped my handbrake?
Just got in the van, and as I was about to pull away I put my foot down and nothing happened. Then a loud bang and off we go. Sounded/felt like I’d gone over something so I got out to check: All clear.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t have the handbrake on, I mean, I’ve never done that before, but I can’t think what else it could be? I’m on level ground so can’t test properly for functionality, although it does click as normal and I can’t push it (small van)
Any ideas? It doesn’t get used very often if that helps, last time it was used was 8 days ago.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
could also indicate a rusty brake cable.
If you leave the car for a few days and you get the bang when driving off then it is often the drum liners sticking to the drum.
If the car had not long been used it could be either something sticking or a lip causing it to get stuck or it could indicate a handbrake cable is rusting inside (normally due to a split in the outer) so it is not releasing properly.
does the lever feel a bit ‘elastic’?Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
My caravan does this, I think most old ones do. Knackered and very frazzled after a long gruelling trip back from Germany I was trying to position it on the slope near my house, I thought I had both the brake on and the mover coupled, but I had neither and it was staying in place by the stuck drum. It let go with a bang and started rolling towards the car. After what seemed like ages of standing there watching impending doom I leapt in to grab the lever but it hit the house instead, which slowed it. Only moved about 4ft in reality.Posted 4 years ago
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