The handbrake cable is an essential part of your vehicle’s braking system. It is connected from the handbrake to the parking brake which is connected to the rear wheels of the vehicle using a locking nut. It is used to operate the emergency handbrake. The handbrake is also used when parking on uneven ground or on a slope in order to stop the vehicle from rolling. It is therefore essential that you keep the handbrake and the attached cable in good condition at all times, being careful to ensure that it is properly tensioned for optimum performance. This tension can be determined using an adjuster and the guide bracket that is attached to the wheel.
As the handbrake cable is used regularly, it can be prone to general wear and tear and fraying, as well as stretching through overuse. Because of the importance of this cable, it is essential to replace it as soon as you notice it’s damaged.
The handbrake cable can also become stuck and not move freely. If this is the case, you can first try lubricating the cable to see if this helps it move more easily. If this doesn’t help a replacement cable will be necessary.