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Frequently asked questions about handbrake cable replacement & repairs

Read our answers to questions about handbrake cable replacement 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.

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. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. These estimates may include Handbrake cable - primary/single, Handbrake cable (driver side) and/or Handbrake cable (passenger side).

Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a handbrake cable replacement, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average 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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