The handbrake, or parking brake is essential when it comes to keep a car stationary when idle or parked. Finding the handbrake has failed can be not only frustrating but if you’ve parked on a hill it could cause an accident. In this article we’ll investigate what causes handbrake failure and provide the key signs to recognise a failing parking brake.

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If you start experiencing grinding sounds when braking or a loss in braking power then it’s time to get those brakes checked over. Leaving a worn set of pads on a vehicle is not only dangerous but can mean damage to other parts of the braking mechanism and therefore cost you more in the long run. These days modern cars are fitted with sensors to warn you when your brake pads need replacing. You’ll usually see a dashboard warning light to indicate an issue with the brakes. Make sure you visit a garage immediately to check the brakes. This quick guide will help you diagnose what to do when you experience braking issues.

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