Parking Brake Repair – Hand brakes – Foot brakes

The parking brake (or emergency brake) plays the crucial role of keeping your vehicle stationery when it is parked. Over time, the components that keep your parking brake working correctly can become worn, resulting in the brake losing effectiveness. Below are a common list of parking brake problems:

 

Parking / Hand brake has become stuck

Your car’s parking brake may become stuck in a certain position, limiting its functionality. Common causes of this include:

  • There is corrosion or rust in the cable or surrounding components
  • An adjuster screw is damaged or maladjusted, limiting the movement of your parking brake.
  • The parking brake is applied too hard, resulting in the cable being stretched and the brake shoes or pads becoming stuck.

Car rolling with parking hand / brake engaged

If your car won’t stay still when the parking / hand brake is engaged, there may be a problems with your cable or the cable adjustment. The parking brake cable connects the hand brake lever with the brake shoes, allowing your brakes shoes or pads to clamp the brake drums or disc rotors to keep the car still (even on slopes). Over time this cable can become damaged and cease to function properly.

If your vehicle continues to move with the parking brake engaged, we recommend that you get it fixed as soon as possible. The malfunctioning parking brake could result in a safety hazard for you and others.

 

Brake Warning light stays on

There are several things that can cause the parking brake to remain on while you are driving. These include:

  • Low brake fluid – In many vehicles, the parking brake light also serves as a warning light for when your brake fluid is running low.
  • Damaged switch – The light’s switch may be broken, causing the light to remain on.
  • An electronic fault in the Anti Lock Braking System (ABS)

 


Hand Brake Repairs in Hamilton – Parking brakes, Foot brakes and more

At Grimmer Motors, we can inspect, diagnose and repair your parking / foot / hand brake system. This will allow you to have peace of mind when parking your vehicle. We can service and repair all braking components including the following:

  • Hand brakes
  • Foot brakes
  • Brake cables
  • Brake shoes
  • Disc brakes
  • Drum brakes
  • Brake Drums
  • Disc Cailpers
  • ABS braking components

For reliable brake repair solutions in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

 

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