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Renault Clio 2 - Handbrake Problems Explained

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Im back again with another problem wiv sisters car, She has just told me that she went to put handbrake on and the lever pulled right up and the box that its in also moved please could anyone give me info on what this could be, and also how much this is likely to cost
I thought the handbrake cable has snapped but reading up on it im a little confused that there isnt 1 handbrake cable,

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There should be a handbrake cable!

Is anything hanging down under the car at all?
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Hi there Sarah.

I'm a wee bit confused that the box where the handbrake lever moved - perhaps its was just because the lever travelled further than it normally would?

There is normally a total of 3 seperate cables (one from the lever - which is the one which normally gets adjusted), the other 2 are linked from it in a 'Y' formation to each rear wheel. The theory is that if one of those cables snaps - there should be braking from the remaining rear wheel.

It does sound like the cable at the lever has given up the ghost here (which would mean that the entire handbrake effort has been lost).

The part can be sourced from any local motor factors - cost of the part should be under 30.

It could be DIY fitted (with a combination of ramps & axle stands) and would probably take no more than an hour from start to finish (remembering to fit the cable with the handbrake set in the released position). For a garage, well an hour's labour rate (whatever that would be).

Bear in mind that although the car will drive as normal, it is an MOT requirement to have an effective handbrake, so don't put off getting this done.

Hope that helps & have a good Christmas & New Year.


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It could be the case that the bolts holding the hand brake lever to the floor have come loose,I've seen it a couple of times before.

Is the lever physically loose or does it still click up and down?.

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I have came across numerous Clios where the bolts holding handbrake lever mechanism to the floor work loose. If left unattended for a long time it is possible for the retaining nuts to either come adrift or the floor actually crack around them. Then it a body shop welding job
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