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Handbrake failure

so today, sitting in the office working away when the car alarm goes off. turn around, and its gone! Long story short, handbrake had 'popped' off and it had rolled across the carpark into the back of a mazda mx5. Minor scratch on the mazda and broken numberplate housing and fog light surround on mine.. Not the end of the world, but not what i need right now with all the other problems with this car!

anyway, ever since i've owned this car the ratchet on the handbrake has always been very quite. i had assumed that's just the way it was. after taking the surround off and spraying lots of wd40 onto the ratchet and pulling it off/on a few times it started making a much more definitive clicking sound. hopefully it will be ok now, but will be leaving in gear from now on!
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Re: Handbrake failure

+1 to leaving it in gear ... my brother got run over by my parents car because it rolled down the drive because the handbrake failed ... he was ok though .... unfortunately
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Re: Handbrake failure

There are several reasons for leaving a 156 in gear as well as the handbrake on - as for any car with disc brakes that incorporate the handbrake - mainly that as the brakes cool the disc contracts slightly, therefore the pads don't grip so well.......and leaving a car in gear is always good practice in case the handbrake is accidentally released.

But I'm a bit concerned about this talk of hearing the handbrake ratchet.........riving the lever up so that you hear the ratchet clicking is what wears the thing - you are supposed to depress the button on the lever when you pull it up - only releasing the button when you want it to latch.......

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Re: Handbrake failure

Oh dear, it's only a lump of metal and plastic and no-one was hurt, butit does sa in the manual to leave it in gear, one da somenone will read it.
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Re: Handbrake failure

Mine does exactly the same thing. Scares me when I have to send it in for services as I worry that they won't leave it parked in gear.
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