Any problem that arises with your car can be a worrisome experience, but especially in a vehicle as reliable as Land Rover. When these problems occur, it’s important to get them resolved as soon as possible so that they don’t develop into further issues that may cause a headache down the line.
In that spirit, problems with the parking brake can be a nuisance and should be dealt with as soon as possible. While it may not seem important to necessarily fix the parking brake as long as you can still park your car, it may actually be indicative of a deeper problem under the hood that needs to be resolved.
Never try to fix a parking brake by yourself. Always rely on a professional to repair your Land Rover in order to ensure that it gets back to the reliable nature you have come to love.
Unlike some other components on a vehicle, the parking brake is entirely mechanical. Regardless of if it is controlled by pressing on a lever underneath the dash on the driver’s side or pulling a lever, it works the same way. It is worth noting, however, that some newer models of vehicles use parking brakes that are automatically turned on with the flip of a switch, but the problems may be the same.
When you activate the parking brake, you are engaging your rear brakes which are completely different from the hydraulic front brakes. Steel cables that are attached to the lever, regardless of its location, transmit force to the rear brakes that can stop the vehicle from moving.
As you activate the parking brake, the steel cables tighten up, which causes a lever to pull that compresses the brake shoes onto the rear wheels of your Land Rover. However, if you have rear disc brakes, then activating the parking brake will insert a piston into the brake pads which is responsible for stopping the vehicle from moving.
The important and key thing about the parking brake is that it bypasses the front brakes which are controlled via hydraulics. Additionally, the self-locking aspect means that the brakes won’t release until you actually move the lever and allow it to release. Given this importance when necessary, it’s imperative that you get your parking brake fixed should you notice any problems form with the piece.
As mentioned, the parking brake is only needed when you are in a situation where an extra braking force may be necessary. For example, if you park on a steep hill and have an older car, you may be worried about the brakes giving out.
Even newer cars, such as advanced Land Rovers, can have brake failure, so keeping your parking brake in working order is incredibly important. Here are a few signs as well as causes of parking brake issues:
One of the clearest signs that something may have happened to your parking brake is if the brake itself won’t move when you tell it to. This is a major sign that something may have happened to the cables that bridge the entire system.
One of the biggest causes of parking brake failure is a failure of the parking brake cable. Over time, this cable can become corroded which will result in a lack of function. Resolving this may be as simple as getting a new cable installed, but you should do so as quickly as possible.
Have you ever accidentally forgotten that the parking brake was on and drove a short distance with it engaged? Surely you then know the dragging feeling. If there is a serious problem with your parking brake, you may feel a similar dragging occur.
At European Service Center, we understand the need for keeping your Land Rover up to date. Regardless of what type of parking brake you have, electronic or manual, the system is the same and our specialty with European cars ensures we can handle the problem.
Our technicians have experience with clients from around Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Norcross, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Roswell, and Atlanta, GA, which means they can help your unique problem. Give us a call or come in today to see how European Service Center can help.