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davejazz

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So how good is your handbrake?
« on: December 03, 2021, 02:58:42 PM »
My car is a 1.3 auto, 2016, and I have owned it for half its life.  What a super all-rounder it is. If I was pointing the finger at all, it would be its inability, to climb anything more than a moderate hill,without the following traffic, wanting to climb into my boot!  But I can live with that, because it excels at everything else that it does.

My question, is one that I am sure, some people will be able to advise upon.

 When I am sat at the traffic lights, waiting for them to change to green, I have to keep my foot rested on the brake pedal. I would prefer to set the handbrake, and remove the annoyance of my brake lights, dazzling the driver behind.
However, even though I apply a fair amount of pressure to the handbrake, the car is still pulled forward slowly, by the torque of the engine.  Yesterday, I replaced the rear pads, and lubricated the slider pins,  after checking that the discs were in good condition.  I can live with this, but I have not come across it, with any other vehicle that I have had.

So, thanks for reading,....does your auto do this?..... I will be interested in any replies. Thanks.

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2021, 03:22:28 PM »
None of the four Jazz's that I owned ever had handbrake problems but when at a standstill for more than a few seconds I would slip the gearbox into neutral. That way there was no continuous pull on the transmission and the torque converter or starter clutch wasn't heating up.

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2021, 04:00:48 PM »
Mine had a dubious handbrake until I changed pads and lubricated everything. Now is 100%

TonyO

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2021, 04:33:28 PM »
2016 Manual. No problems with hand brake, works just as it should.

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2021, 09:24:18 PM »
For short stops I stay with the foot brake and auto stop.  For longer ones I go into neutral, handbrake and switch off.

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2021, 11:03:08 AM »
Handbrake on my 2018 Sport Auto has never been very good at holding the car on an incline, and I don't like the fact that the Park on auto transmission is doing so much to hold the car when parked and switched off. I would never leave the car in Neutral when parked and stopped, of course, but after reading this post with others  commenting on handbrake hold, I think I should get mine checked out. Car has just passed its first MOT, and I've  owned it since there were 12,000k on it, it now shows only 15,000k, so I guess that it does not get much use since I retired and purchased it. Back to dealers maybe methinks, unless just needs bit more use?

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 01:36:47 PM »
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 When I am sat at the traffic lights, waiting for them to change to green, I have to keep my foot rested on the brake pedal. I would prefer to set the handbrake, and remove the annoyance of my brake lights, dazzling the driver behind.
However, even though I apply a fair amount of pressure to the handbrake, the car is still pulled forward slowly, by the torque of the engine.  Yesterday, I replaced the rear pads, and lubricated the slider pins,  after checking that the discs were in good condition.  I can live with this, but I have not come across it, with any other vehicle that I have had.

So, thanks for reading,....does your auto do this?..... I will be interested in any replies. Thanks.

I'm with you on the 'dazzling' drivers behind me. Though a counter-argument is to be totally selfish and just do what is safe/convenient for you ... 

I always stick the handbrake on when stopped and my car doesn't slip forward as yours does unless I haven't applied the handbrake hard enough. I'm on the original (2015 cvt) pads at the rear as well.
Dave
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davejazz

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2021, 03:09:31 PM »
Many thanks to all for your replies.

Just as an aside, I should say that my handbrake is set fully on, with 5 notches; the first 3,  taking “ the slack out of the cable”. I like the longer travel, so that it’s not binding, (in my minds eye!.)

Perhaps it will improve when the new pads bed in.


davejazz

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2022, 11:33:51 PM »
Just as an update.

The new pads have bedded in, but although the handbrake “feels” as it should, I do need to really, really, pull on the lever, to stop the creep, whilst in drive.

I feel a trip to Yoootube coming on!

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Re: So how good is your handbrake?
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2022, 10:42:56 AM »
Apply the footbrake FIRMLY and while doing so apply the handbrake. I was given that advice by a Honda mechanic. My handbrake is as good as any car I have ever owned.

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