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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

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13,095 posts

108 months

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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

1,429 posts

73 months

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Why else is it there?

rhinochopig

16,944 posts

82 months

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There's a button? Well you learn something new every day.

garyhun

15,896 posts

112 months

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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

1,238 posts

53 months

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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
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doogz

22,751 posts

71 months

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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:

13,095 posts

108 months

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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

48 months

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I never press it, I don't know why.

garyhun

15,896 posts

112 months

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englisharcher said:
I never press it, I don't know why.
We do wink

R0G

3,867 posts

39 months

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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

1,552 posts

78 months

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Sometimes - but by no means all of the time.

vixen1700

8,080 posts

154 months

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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

487 posts

67 months

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Probably once in 4 1/2 yrs of driving , i just like the noise biggrin

E38Ross

14,420 posts

96 months

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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

4,780 posts

101 months

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Bisonhead said:
Why else is it there?
Is it not to release the handbrake?

Howard-

2,797 posts

86 months

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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

5,421 posts

59 months

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Obviously..

Basic mechanical sympathy failure for those who do not.

XJ40

2,958 posts

97 months

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I'm a button man, the rachety noise is unseemly and doesn't seem mechanically sympathetic.

V8LM

2,693 posts

93 months

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With the fly-off handbrake I have to.

VeeDub Geezer

460 posts

38 months

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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.
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