I've been told a new switch is £85, thinking i'll grab a second hand one and fit that. I just think they'll say its still the switch. I'm not happy after spending over £900 to still have a brake fault show up on the dash!Change the button. They come out very easily.
Then it goes back to the garages parts and labour. Which is their problem due to poor fitting possibly?
Never heard of that either.Solved!
I've had this problem twice where I can't pull away without manually releasing the handbrake by pulling the lever and pushing the button at the same time, when I put it in for an mot, it came back fixed, but I needed to re-enter my radio code, so I realised they've disconnected the battery to re-set the brake, so when my brakes started doing the lock all the time, I just took off the negative lead from the battery and it fixed it!
Remember to have your radio code though, hope this helps someone, as I hadn't seen this easy fix anywhere before.
I removed the cable and found that it was a sticky cable that was causing the problem. I freed it up and re-fitted the cable and the handbrake now works, having re-set it. However, I cannot get the 'check parking brake' warning off the dash? Will the dash warning be enought for the car to fail the MOT?Slacken handbrake and unclip the cable.
Does the lever return all the way to the stop.
If so, I'd suspect cables.
If not, return spring on arm or new caliper.
If external spring hooks are there, find and fit a spring.
If not, it's an internal spring.
AFAIK, that is a new caliper needed.
If it is a seized cable, flooding with oil, WD sometimes works but most modern cable have a plastic sheath on the inner cable. If that has picked up, it's a new cable.
As Ourkid says, maybe a red herring on the arm if the caliper isn't moving freely.
If foot brake reading are good, probably is.