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Re: Sticking Hand brake
I never depress the release button when applying the handbrake. That way you get used to the number of clicks you hear and if there is any change in the number of clicks you are more likely to notice so in a way you are subconsiously monitoring the handbrake travel.
When working at brakes I tend to seek 4 to 7 clicks on the handbrake lever. Too few and you run the risk of brakes binding when the brakes heat up - too many and you tend to lose some leverage.
Do remember that handbrake cables are meant to stretch so as you apply the lever you should feel a certain amount of springiness as you approach the upper limit. Once the cables age or lose their elasticity then they should be replaced. In fact it is the elasticity of the cables that keeps the handbrake shoes or pads tight against their drums or discs.
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