Though you may not think about it often, the parking brake is a vital part of the safety system in your car. Most drivers think it should only be used for emergencies or when parking on a hill. But in fact, it should be used every time you park, whether it’s on a steep incline, a flat surface, or somewhere in between. If you don’t use it often enough, or use it improperly, you may discover that when you really need it, it doesn’t work.
If you own a Land Rover, your parking brakes may be especially susceptible to failure, which is why we’re going to take you through everything you need to know about parking brakes and how to deal with faulty ones.
Similar to how only working out certain muscles and never using others can cause those parts of your body to atrophy, the same can be true for never using a parking brake. If you only use it in emergency situations, it can cause the cables that are involved in the brake system to become loose and not do their job as effectively. That’s one of the main reasons why it’s a good idea to engage the parking brake every time you park, whether you think you need it or not.
Another reason is that it is safer. Land Rover doesn’t make manual transmission cars anymore, which needed the parking brake to remain in place. Even with an automatic transmission, however, it’s not the best idea to rely solely on your car’s regular brakes when leaving it parked for a long time, even if you’re not on a slope. The parking brake is stronger than a regular brake, and will ensure that your car stays locked in place even if the regular brakes fail.
There are a lot of signs to indicate when your Land Rover is having issues with its parking brake. These include:
We already discussed one of the biggest reasons parking brakes fail: a lack of use (or misuse). The cables that make up the brake need to be used often to maintain the proper tension. However, that’s not the only reason.
If you live in Rowlett, TX or surrounding cities such as Garland, Rockwall, Sachse, or Wylie, the best place to go for your Land Rover’s parking brake troubles is Rowlett Motorwerks. Our experienced technicians have the knowledge, skills, and equipment necessary to find a solution and get it done efficiently. Contact us today to learn more.