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Handbrake wont shift

My honda was left laying month during the cold weather in December. When I now release the handbrake the light goes off on the dashboard but the car wont shift. As i try and lift clutch with car in gear you can feel the handbrake is still on.Im trying to sell the car for £200 so dont want to spend a lot at the garage.Can i fix it myself?

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  • sam9299 Feb 01, 2009

    Thank you. Sorry, but is it easy to check for this. I am female with limited knowledge of the mechanics of a car



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Sounds like bad cable. Ic start by pulling drum off and taking a peek see. Probably real corroded or the e brake cable itself is bad.

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It appears even when you release the hand brake, the wheels are not free to rotate.

Check for possible seizure; i.e

  • The hand brake cable
  • Wheel cylinder or caliper pistons
  • Brake shoes or pads
or any out of link parts for the hand brake mechanism.

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

  • Lackson Tembo Feb 02, 2009


    Sorry it isn's very easy but what you can do maybe is, try to get a quotation from a garage to just work on your handbrake system, then compare it with your pocket and see if can be possible for you to pay. I say so because sometime the problem might be very small and you can sale your vehicle for less bearing in mind that it has a fault.



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