Stopping the handbrake from freezing

(by Geoff Bowles)


Taken From Geoff's Frosty Tips



A very common problem is finding the handbrake frozen on in the morning. This can be caused by slush collecting on the handbrake mechanism on the back wheels then freezing overnight, or it may be caused a split in the small rubber boot at the end of the handbrake cable which lets water collect in the ³U-bend² between the caliper and the brake mechanism (Thanks to Bert Reid for working that one out).

If youıre expecting a cold night after a wet or slushy day, leave the handbrake off. Put the car into gear, turn the wheels into the kerb and put a brick under the tyre instead If your handbrake does freeze up, donıt bother crawling under the car with a kettle of hot water, as itıs hard to pour water upwards (believe it or not his has been attemptedŠ). A hair dryer on an extension lead is more likely to succeed, but donıt leave the hair dryer where it can be run over ­ again, this has been done!

Here is the end of the hand brake cable (on the passenger side) with the rubber boot in the red box.
This shows the (drivers side) rubber boot with a gap where water can seep or splash in during damp conditions.