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Do you press the button when applying the handbrake?

Poll: Do you press the button when applying the handbrake?

Total Members Polled: 440

No - why would I do that?: 19%
Yes - it seems like the thing to do: 80%
Count me out - all electric handbrake here: 1%
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blueg33

Original Poster:

15,134 posts

120 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I was taught by my dad to push in the button on the handbrake when applying it to reduce wear on the ratchet. It also saves that horrible ratchety noise.

When I hear people's handbrake grating across the ratchet it makes me wince

What do you do?

Bisonhead

1,504 posts

85 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Why else is it there?

rhinochopig

17,507 posts

94 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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There's a button? Well you learn something new every day.

garyhun

18,201 posts

124 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Of course I do. Although not right now as I've just changed to a car with an electronic handbrake smile

Mikeyplum

1,244 posts

65 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I dont, but then my handbrake is only one or two clicks biggrin I like it nice and tight (oooo err) :P

doogz

24,332 posts

83 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I usually pull the button in, although unless I'm on a hill, with 2 of the cars, I'll only pull the handbrake up to the first tooth anyway.

But has anyone ever had to replace a handbrake handle because they've actually worn the ratchet mechanism out, to the point it no longer holds? Does this actually happen?

blueg33

Original Poster:

15,134 posts

120 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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doogz said:
I usually pull the button in, although unless I'm on a hill, with 2 of the cars, I'll only pull the handbrake up to the first tooth anyway.

But has anyone ever had to replace a handbrake handle because they've actually worn the ratchet mechanism out, to the point it no longer holds? Does this actually happen?
I have no idea if they actually wear, its what my dad taught me, so its ingrained

englisharcher

1,607 posts

60 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I never press it, I don't know why.

garyhun

18,201 posts

124 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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englisharcher said:
I never press it, I don't know why.
We do wink

R0G

4,259 posts

51 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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We have 3 AD examiners who hate the ratchet handbrake noise and its not rocket science to push the button, after all, we do to release it !!

I do agree with some of our fair sex that for the last notch or two it can be necessary to ratchet it for a firmer hold - take that in anyway you fell so desired to ......

AndyNetwork

1,678 posts

90 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Sometimes - but by no means all of the time.

vixen1700

8,694 posts

166 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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blueg33 said:
When I hear people's handbrake grating across the ratchet it makes me wince
Yeah, this really. Button all the way for me. smile

pimpchez

632 posts

79 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Probably once in 4 1/2 yrs of driving , i just like the noise biggrin

E38Ross

16,431 posts

108 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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blueg33 said:
doogz said:
I usually pull the button in, although unless I'm on a hill, with 2 of the cars, I'll only pull the handbrake up to the first tooth anyway.

But has anyone ever had to replace a handbrake handle because they've actually worn the ratchet mechanism out, to the point it no longer holds? Does this actually happen?
I have no idea if they actually wear, its what my dad taught me, so its ingrained
the hand brake on my old E21 was wearing and had play in it and was told it would need replacing eventually. 3 years later it was still fine

Disastrous

5,603 posts

113 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Bisonhead said:
Why else is it there?
Is it not to release the handbrake?

Howard-

3,104 posts

98 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I don't.

The button is there to release it. Some may argue that it's safer to ratchet it up without pressing the button to minimise the risk of it not latching properly. I don't partly because of this and partly because I simply don't believe it is necessary. It won't wear out.

McSam

6,501 posts

71 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Obviously..

Basic mechanical sympathy failure for those who do not.

XJ40

3,011 posts

109 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I'm a button man, the rachety noise is unseemly and doesn't seem mechanically sympathetic.

V8LM

3,100 posts

105 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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With the fly-off handbrake I have to.

VeeDub Geezer

460 posts

50 months

Wednesday 27th June 2012
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I normally pull the handle tight with button depressed, release button and raise one click on the rachet.

I have seen rachets wear to the point of needing replacement but it would seem it's certain cars that suffer more than others.