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How much does a Handbrake Cable replacement cost?

Labour times and part prices vary depending on the particular vehicle, but to give you an idea here are some examples.

Car Franchise Dealer estimate Independent Garage estimate ClickMechanic ClickMechanic Saving
Car2001 SEAT Ibiza Franchise Dealer Est.£79 - £87 Independent Garage Est.£45 - £52 ClickMechanic Est.£46 - £53 Saving40%
Car2002 Volvo V70 Franchise Dealer Est.£101 - £117 Independent Garage Est.£52 - £66 ClickMechanic Est.£53 - £66 Saving45%
Car2005 Peugeot 407 Franchise Dealer Est.£133 - £147 Independent Garage Est.£82 - £90 ClickMechanic Est.£83 - £91 Saving37%
Car2004 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Franchise Dealer Est.£120 - £132 Independent Garage Est.£59 - £65 ClickMechanic Est.£59 - £65 Saving50%
Car2012 Ford Fusion Franchise Dealer Est.£78 - £101 Independent Garage Est.£46 - £65 ClickMechanic Est.£46 - £66 Saving37%

Want to learn more about Handbrake Cable replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

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.

How does the handbrake cable work and what are the components?

When the lever mechanism is engaged, the cable will pull on a lever to clamp the brake shoes or rear brake pads to the braking surface and lock the wheels thus preventing them from rotating.

The component itself is quite a simple cable with ferrules at either end, generally encased in a protective sheath. As such, it's rare that the cable can be repaired, so it is simply replaced with a new one should an issue occur with it.

How do you know there is something wrong with the 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.

When should you consider a handbrake cable replacement?

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.

How can I extend the life of my hand brake cables?

Whilst it depends on the vehicle's use and how much you use the handbrake, there are things that you can do. Firstly, do not “yank” the handbrake on and secondly do not try and take the lever out through the roof every time you use it! A correctly adjusted handbrake should only take 3-4 clicks of the ratchet to secure the vehicle.

What happens during a handbrake cable replacement?

  • 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.

How much does a handbrake cable replacement cost?

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

How much does a Handbrake Cable replacement cost?

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These estimates may include Handbrake cable (driver side), Handbrake cable (passenger side), Handbrake cable - secondary, Handbrake cable - secondary, Handbrake cable - primary/single and/or Handbrake cable - primary/single

42 manufacturers for Handbrake Cable Replacement

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £23.65 - £44.08

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# of quotes: 411

£86

£62 - £89

£105 - £148

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Audi

Parts costs: £21.44 - £55.47

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# of quotes: 463

£142

£72 - £177

£126 - £317

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Austin

Parts costs: £19.73 - £23.68

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# of quotes: 3

£87

£73 - £73

£129 - £129

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BMW

Parts costs: £28.04 - £40.67

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# of quotes: 2120

£120

£93 - £127

£164 - £226

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £44.42 - £121.13

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# of quotes: 160

£141

£82 - £151

£129 - £222

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £68.32 - £98.87

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# of quotes: 334

£125

£104 - £134

£153 - £202

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Citroen

Parts costs: £26.26 - £48.31

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# of quotes: 1606

£125

£79 - £137

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Dacia

Parts costs: £49.27 - £67.79

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# of quotes: 63

£142

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £61.81 - £93.16

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# of quotes: 3

£164

£151 - £174

£252 - £284

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Dodge

Parts costs: £21.82 - £26.18

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# of quotes: 2

£76

£62 - £69

£107 - £120

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Fiat

Parts costs: £26.90 - £43.79

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# of quotes: 1782

£87

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Ford

Parts costs: £23.80 - £49.20

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# of quotes: 5497

£105

£76 - £115

£132 - £196

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Honda

Parts costs: £60.54 - £139.02

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# of quotes: 593

£201

£133 - £202

£218 - £311

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £57.75 - £95.78

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# of quotes: 954

£146

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Iveco

Parts costs: £51.59 - £68.95

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# of quotes: 64

£88

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£120 - £145

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £31.22 - £705.37

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# of quotes: 197

£333

£92 - £691

£158 - £910

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Jeep

Parts costs: £55.45 - £125.72

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# of quotes: 47

£161

£107 - £181

£169 - £277

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Kia

Parts costs: £65.05 - £106.44

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# of quotes: 965

£161

£115 - £167

£178 - £263

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £100.22 - £1,839.54

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# of quotes: 1137

£863

£163 - £1,607

£245 - £1,988

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LDV

Parts costs: £49.61 - £61.56

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# of quotes: 39

£113

£103 - £117

£165 - £193

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Lexus

Parts costs: £100.15 - £137.02

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# of quotes: 27

£223

£184 - £216

£288 - £340

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Mazda

Parts costs: £39.00 - £126.16

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# of quotes: 475

£161

£87 - £198

£143 - £310

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £27.51 - £53.45

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# of quotes: 1530

£164

£102 - £221

£182 - £405

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MG

Parts costs: £58.89 - £93.69

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# of quotes: 92

£206

£146 - £217

£243 - £370

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MINI

Parts costs: £38.11 - £94.42

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# of quotes: 372

£152

£103 - £162

£174 - £261

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £56.00 - £116.18

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# of quotes: 157

£187

£128 - £214

£210 - £350

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Nissan

Parts costs: £43.10 - £95.74

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# of quotes: 955

£126

£85 - £141

£136 - £217

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £25.01 - £45.13

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# of quotes: 2622

£93

£72 - £94

£123 - £157

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Porsche

Parts costs: £137.15 - £214.02

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# of quotes: 29

£345

£244 - £286

£378 - £429

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Proton

Parts costs: £52.79 - £83.18

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# of quotes: 4

£119

£101 - £118

£160 - £181

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Renault

Parts costs: £30.71 - £63.70

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# of quotes: 2543

£175

£68 - £117

£110 - £190

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Rover

Parts costs: £57.65 - £85.02

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# of quotes: 91

£161

£142 - £169

£238 - £280

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Saab

Parts costs: £66.65 - £87.46

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# of quotes: 121

£117

£96 - £122

£138 - £185

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SEAT

Parts costs: £17.97 - £33.76

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# of quotes: 594

£93

£67 - £101

£118 - £178

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Skoda

Parts costs: £18.09 - £32.97

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# of quotes: 456

£84

£70 - £81

£124 - £139

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Smart

Parts costs: £57.14 - £104.66

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# of quotes: 31

£162

£108 - £163

£170 - £255

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Subaru

Parts costs: £269.27 - £323.13

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# of quotes: 9

£656

£345 - £345

£473 - £473

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £49.69 - £76.08

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# of quotes: 313

£125

£106 - £129

£171 - £207

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Toyota

Parts costs: £40.53 - £90.87

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# of quotes: 1332

£134

£89 - £153

£146 - £244

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £16.62 - £65.86

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# of quotes: 5968

£96

£59 - £111

£104 - £178

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £23.61 - £45.17

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# of quotes: 2064

£99

£72 - £110

£125 - £189

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Volvo

Parts costs: £36.43 - £72.36

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# of quotes: 775

£139

£92 - £157

£154 - £265

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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