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Astra handbrake seizes on or doesnt lock wheel

Sometimes the handbrake works fine.other times the o/s brake sticks on and comes off when i drive away.some times the handbrake does not work on the o/s wheel at all. the footbrake works fine all the time

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British car ,british weather complete with salt on the roads ,from the sound of this question i would suspect the handbrake cable is sticking caused by all that rain on the green and pleasant land ,your welcome to it trust me ?how many speak english still or is it a dying language

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SOURCE: seized handbrake

you'll have to jack the car up and take the wheel off, then take the assembly apart and push the pistons in the calipers back in then put it all back together and pump the brakes until they go either hard or you'll need to bleed them again to release any air from the system

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SOURCE: No rear brakes and handbrake all the way up

Whenever you change pads, you must always pump the pedal several times to get the calipers to take up any excess space between the pad and rotor. You'll fill it in the pedal as they pump up.

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SOURCE: Handbrake locked on rear wheel of volvo 440

Turn thr "Star wheel" between the brake pads with a screwdriver. Count the number of notches. Once you have the brakes freed up, reassemble and adjust using the same number of nutches in the opposite direction. You most likely have a cable stuck in locked position. If possible, DRY LUBE it. If not, Install a new cable or sleeve.

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SOURCE: brakes seizing up

You may have contaminated brake fluid. The fluid gets too hot, caused the fluid to expand and lock up your brakes. once it cools it will allow you to move. Flush the brake system, start at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder and bleed the system until all the old dirty fluid is out. Just allow it to gravity bleed, don't waste your time doing the pump and release method. It only gives your buddy a sore foot and if you miscue you **** air back into the line.

Let me know if I can help you with any more info or guidance.

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2001 changed all brakes and brake lines and rear calupers but rear is still sticking brakes will not release whats wrong

Hi Annabel.
Sorry you are having brake trouble. It is not an uncommon problem, and the usual first action is either to get a pal to get at the other end of the car and both shove it a foot or two each way to loosen the calipers, or start the engine and do the same. Just gently go forward and back several times till you can sense the handbrake loosens and gives you the feel back. Try working the handbrake a few times. If you feel at ease with that, drive round the block till you feel confident. On the jack in neutral, engine off, you can test if the wheel rotates freely. The only alternative would be to put it on the jack, take off the wheel and get dirty with the tools. You can't drive to Kwikfit with seized brakes, sadly. Are you attractive, with a helpful boyfriend? No problem! Good luck.


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