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My hand brake is not working - no tension. How do I fix it?

Brake lights are on, no tension on the manual lever, and it seems locked up on the back wheels.

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SOURCE: wheel cylinders lock up

Sounds like a brake master cylinder problem to me.
I see you posted this Nov O8.
Possibly you know this by now ?
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Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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SOURCE: hand brake and boot catch

if you open your boot at the bottom in the middle of boot and look for excess wearing on the catch as this has to be cvlosed for all of the central locking system to be working. if this is not the case and there are no visdible scratches on the actual pin then you will find it to be a computer fault and would recommend you go to dealer.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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SOURCE: my parking brake will not relase on a Jag xk8.

I worked in a Jag shop back in the '70's in Los Angeles, but I'm from New England, where this is a BIG problem, unless you use the parking brake ALL the time.  Actually this is true for all vehicles!
If the case is that you don't usually use the parking brake, and then you go to use it, it will sometimes lock on due to rust, corrosion and dirt in the cable.
SOMETIMES, if you are very lucky, you can drown the cable in WD-40, soaking it several times a day, from inside the car, and under the car as well, if you can get to it.
Each time you do this, hold the release button and work the lever over and over so that maybe it will release.
If this doesn't work, then you have to replace the cable.
Sorry that it's not an easy fix.  Ultimately you might have to have it towed to a dealer or shop to replace the cable.
Final thought...  sometimes the problem is with the levers on the brake assemblies, that can stick.  If you can get to them, give them a slight 'tap' with a hammer to see if they will suddenly snap open.  Make sure the brake lever is down and the button is held in by a helper.
If this is the case, a VERY light squirt of lube at the pivot points might keep it from sticking again, but be sure to use the parking brake often.
If the car is an automatic, the device that 'locks' the transmission when it's in 'Park' is called a parking pawl.  It is a small steel pin about 1/8" to 3/16" that gets shoved into a parking gear slot.  This is what keeps the car from rolling, so it's VERY important to use the parking brake to assist this, especially when someone bumps the car a little when they are parking their car!  Oh, and the parking pawl is most times the first thing into the tranny when assembling it, so it'a lot of work to replace one.
Good Luck.

Posted on May 02, 2009

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SOURCE: parking brake won't release but hand lever moves


Thanks for using FixYa. In Jaguar XKR the parking brake is controlled electronically unlike the cable ones. The voltage applied to the electronic Park Brake module is applied at the same time you start the engine, consequently on a very cold day the battery will be far less efficient and due to the extra power required to start a very cold 6 cylinder engine the voltage will fall.

Although this reduced voltage will quite happily start the car it will trip out the Parking brake. To help avoid this problem happening again switch the ignition to position 2(position just prior to starting) and press the chrome handbrake tab down while having your foot on the brake. The brakes will be released, the park brake light on the dash will go out and you can now start the car.

On the new XKR module the electronic handbrake is not activated by the gear shift as in the later S models so you can start the car and then release the brake when the engine is running.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.



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