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    • RowanRichards
    • By RowanRichards 11th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
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    Tried to pull off with handbrake on!
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    • 11th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
    Tried to pull off with handbrake on! 11th Jan 18 at 9:43 AM
    Hi all,

    I pulled out the drive with the handbrake on, I got to the end of my road (about 30 metres) when I realised and took it off.

    Just worried Iíve done some serious damage
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    • n217970
    • By n217970 11th Jan 18, 9:48 AM
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    You have probably actually improved the brake by wearing them a tiny amount. You will not have damaged anything.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 11th Jan 18, 9:48 AM
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    Very unlikely. You've made it wear a bit quicker, but 30m isn't going to hurt it. 30 miles, yes.
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    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 11th Jan 18, 10:24 AM
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    That's going to become more common with electronic handbrakes where you are expected to do that!

    Put it this way, 30 metres is far less than the theoretical stopping distance at 40mph. If you can drive, the brake pressure is far less on the brake pads than stopping from 40mph.

    Do you worry about the damage applying your brakes at 40mph might do?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 11th Jan 18, 10:33 AM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:33 AM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:33 AM
    That's going to become more common with electronic handbrakes where you are expected to do that!

    Put it this way, 30 metres is far less than the theoretical stopping distance at 40mph. If you can drive, the brake pressure is far less on the brake pads than stopping from 40mph.

    Do you worry about the damage applying your brakes at 40mph might do?
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    Not really. With electronic handbrakes the brake is usually released automatically when driving off.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 11th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:41 AM
    Hi all,

    I pulled out the drive with the handbrake on, I got to the end of my road (about 30 metres) when I realised and took it off.

    Just worried Iíve done some serious damage
    Originally posted by RowanRichards
    If everything still works ok, but since you were able to travel that distance with the handbrake on, perhaps they need attention anyway?

    I guess it depends if you pull your handbrake firmly up.

    • pappa golf
    • By pappa golf 11th Jan 18, 10:44 AM
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    • 11th Jan 18, 10:44 AM
    suggest having the car checked over by halfords , the rear shocks may now be leaking , and damage to the nearside CV boot
    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 11th Jan 18, 11:15 AM
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    Not really. With electronic handbrakes the brake is usually released automatically when driving off.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    That's what I mean. I drive more than one car.

    My issue is that one has automatic hold that is set by a second press on the footbrake (an auto) and a manual handbrake and the other has no hold but an electronic handbrake. Both automatically release under power.

    I then go on holiday and hire a car...
    • mbwoy84
    • By mbwoy84 11th Jan 18, 11:17 AM
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    No, it won't have done any damage.
    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 11th Jan 18, 11:41 AM
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    Hi all,

    I pulled out the drive with the handbrake on, I got to the end of my road (about 30 metres) when I realised and took it off.

    Just worried Iíve done some serious damage
    Originally posted by RowanRichards
    Considering it's not a troll post.....
    1) If the car was driving normally, then the handbrake may not be very effective and needs attention.
    2) Assuming the handbrake is effective and the car is FWD and the handbrakes operate the rear wheels, then the car may have been hopping and a little excess wear on the concerned tyres and possibly a strain on the clutch.

    TBH whenever I've done that on a car, it has basically stalled, as for the new electronic handbrakes, seat belt on and the auto hold operates the handbrake as necessary.
    • Joe Horner
    • By Joe Horner 11th Jan 18, 11:47 AM
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    suggest having the car checked over by halfords , the rear shocks may now be leaking , and damage to the nearside CV boot
    Originally posted by pappa golf
    You miised the loose exhaust. Which will need a full system n that model.
    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 11th Jan 18, 11:53 AM
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    That's going to become more common with electronic handbrakes where you are expected to do that!

    Put it this way, 30 metres is far less than the theoretical stopping distance at 40mph. If you can drive, the brake pressure is far less on the brake pads than stopping from 40mph.

    Do you worry about the damage applying your brakes at 40mph might do?
    Originally posted by IanMSpencer
    You don't generally stop from 40mph just using the handbrake though!

    I'd suggest the handbrake wasn't applied very hard or it would have been difficult to move off. If the bite point is high it may need adjustment.
    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 11th Jan 18, 12:04 PM
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    You don't generally stop from 40mph just using the handbrake though!

    I'd suggest the handbrake wasn't applied very hard or it would have been difficult to move off. If the bite point is high it may need adjustment.
    Originally posted by wgl2014
    That's the point. Worrying about handbrake damage which is trivial force compared with the normal stopping function that the braking system copes with lots of times.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 11th Jan 18, 12:39 PM
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    You don't generally stop from 40mph just using the handbrake though!

    I'd suggest the handbrake wasn't applied very hard or it would have been difficult to move off. If the bite point is high it may need adjustment.
    Originally posted by wgl2014
    I agree, if the handbrake was on fully then he wouldn't been able to move all the way off his drive.
    • Richard53
    • By Richard53 11th Jan 18, 12:52 PM
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    suggest having the car checked over by halfords , the rear shocks may now be leaking , and damage to the nearside CV boot
    Originally posted by pappa golf

    Naughty ...

    No, it won't have done any damage.
    Originally posted by mbwoy84
    Forgot to say further up ... unless it's a Land Rover with the handbrake acting on the rear propshaft. They really don't like being driven with the handbrake on.
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    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 11th Jan 18, 1:30 PM
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    I once didnt release the handbrake properly in a hire car. Drove for 3 miles. Thought the car was a bit sluggish. Didnt notice the light. Only noticed the handbrake was still partially on when I got to my destination and went to apply it.
    You could have fried eggs on the back wheels with the heat coming off them!
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