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Want to learn more about Handbrake Cable replacements?

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What does a handbrake cable do?

The hand brake cable links the handbrake mechanism with either the hand brake shoes inside the rear discs or the rear brake pads/shoes to prevent the wheels from moving.

What does a handbrake cable replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the handbrake system.
  • If necessary the handbrake cable will be replaced.
  • Mechanic will calibrate the handbrake.
  • Mechanic will test the handbrake.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will make any adjustments.

Can I do a handbrake cable replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a handbrake cable replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a faulty handbrake cable?

  • When the vehicle still moves despite having engaged the handbrake.
  • If you have a manually applied handbrake and the lever has no resistance when applied.
  • If you have an electric handbrake and there is a handbrake warning message on the dashboard.

How long will a handbrake cable replacement take?

A handbrake cable replacement usually takes around 1.5 hours, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace a handbrake cable?

The handbrake is important in a variety of situations, such as hill starts, parking on any non flat area and is of course part of the MOT checks. So if the vehicle fails to remain stationary when the handbrake is applied then it is likely that a cable needs replacing.

How common is a handbrake cable replacement?

It really depends on the vehicle and its use as much as anything. Cables will stretch after a time and steel will corrode so it's likely if you are keeping the vehicle for a long time that it will need one replaced at some point.

Can you drive a car with a broken handbrake?

If you suspect there is any issue with a broken handbrake or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic with immediate effect, and do not drive the vehicle. Depending on the braking system on your vehicle driving the vehicle with a broken handbrake cable may lead to complications and damage to other components of the braking system, and can lead to dangerous situations.

Is a broken handbrake cable an MOT failure?

Yes, a broken handbrake cable can result in an MOT failure. The MOT tester will thoroughly inspect the entire braking system to test its operation and efficiency. Before an MOT test, it's best to test out the handbrake.

Is it safe to drive with a broken handbrake?

No, it is not safe to drive with a broken handbrake as it may not be able to hold the car in place on a hill or other places where it is required. This could be dangerous and lead to accidents.

How much does it cost to fix handbrake?

A handbrake cable replacement can cost between £75 and £150 with an average price of £105. The exact cost will depend on the make and model of the vehicle, where is it located and if any other repair is required along with the replacement.

How long do handbrake cables last?

Handbrake cables typically last as long as the car does if they are properly maintained. However, this is an ideal scenario, ultimately how long a handbrake cable will last depends on how the car is used. For example, if the handbrake is overused, the cables can get stretched over time. It can also suffer from rust or corrosion.

How much does it cost to replace handbrake cable?

A handbrake cable replacement generally costs between £75 and £150 with an average price of £105. Ultimately, the cost of a handbrake cable replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your handbrake cable replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a handbrake cable replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Handbrake cable - primary/single, Handbrake cable - secondary, Handbrake cable - primary/single, Handbrake cable - secondary, Handbrake cable (driver side) and/or Handbrake cable (passenger side). We have handbrake cable replacement prices for 42 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£86 £105 - £148 Get exact price

Audi

£142 £126 - £317 Get exact price

Austin

£87 £129 - £129 Get exact price

BMW

£120 £164 - £226 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£141 £129 - £222 Get exact price

Chrysler

£125 £153 - £202 Get exact price

Citroen

£125 £137 - £241 Get exact price

Dacia

£142 £153 - £191 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£164 £252 - £284 Get exact price

Dodge

£76 £107 - £120 Get exact price

Fiat

£87 £100 - £153 Get exact price

Ford

£105 £132 - £196 Get exact price

Honda

£201 £218 - £311 Get exact price

Hyundai

£146 £162 - £230 Get exact price

Iveco

£88 £120 - £145 Get exact price

Jaguar

£333 £158 - £910 Get exact price

Jeep

£161 £169 - £277 Get exact price

Kia

£161 £178 - £263 Get exact price

Land Rover

£863 £245 - £1,988 Get exact price

LDV

£113 £165 - £193 Get exact price

Lexus

£223 £288 - £340 Get exact price

Mazda

£161 £143 - £310 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£164 £182 - £405 Get exact price

MG

£206 £243 - £370 Get exact price

MINI

£152 £174 - £261 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£187 £210 - £350 Get exact price

Nissan

£126 £136 - £217 Get exact price

Peugeot

£93 £123 - £157 Get exact price

Porsche

£345 £378 - £429 Get exact price

Proton

£119 £160 - £181 Get exact price

Renault

£175 £110 - £190 Get exact price

Rover

£161 £238 - £280 Get exact price

Saab

£117 £138 - £185 Get exact price

SEAT

£93 £118 - £178 Get exact price

Skoda

£84 £124 - £139 Get exact price

Smart

£162 £170 - £255 Get exact price

Subaru

£656 £473 - £473 Get exact price

Suzuki

£125 £171 - £207 Get exact price

Toyota

£134 £146 - £244 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£96 £104 - £178 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£99 £125 - £189 Get exact price

Volvo

£139 £154 - £265 Get exact price

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  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daewoo
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Isuzu
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Ssangyong
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a handbrake cable replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Handbrake Cable replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£132.75

Handbrake centre/main cable replacement

Vauxhall Corsa
Southampton
£315.56

Handbrake cable replacement (passenger side)

Volkswagen CC
Worksop
£70.00

Handbrake centre/main cable replacement

Peugeot 207
Halesowen
£300.77

Parking brake cables replacement - (both) equal length

Mazda Mazda6
Redruth

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