Car hand brake is used at a high rate in daily driving life, but it is not always the "universal insurance". Many accidents are caused by the hand brake. Usually we can use the Auto Diagnostic Tools to check whether the hand brake of your car can work well. So, how to correctly use and maintain the car handbrake?
Wrong Using methods:
1. Pull too tightly
If pull the hand brake with 100% strength for too long a time, it will reduce the hand brake life. Because overstretched metal or long time stretch will accelerate the deformation, which will speed up the recession of the handbrake.
2. Often brake your car on the ramp
With the shortage of parking space, many parking spaces are planning to the slope. Car owners will directly fix their car with the handbrake when parking, which will make the handbrake bear too much braking force, and speed up the wear of the hand brake.
3. Handbrake strictly prohibited when driving in Highway
Pulling the handbrake when driving in the highway is easier to make one side of the back wheel skidded. The right method is to slow down the speed by dropping gear, and stop your car by pulling the hand brake until a quite lower speed.
How to maintain you car handbrake?
As a machine, except for good using habits, it is also very important to maintain regularly. Here we will introduce the handbrake maintenance note for you.
1. Check the Organization Efficiency of the Handbrake
Usually, when the handle is lift to 70% of the whole trip, the hand brake system should be in the normal brake position. But before driving making sure that your car handle is in a good state, or it must be very dangerous. You can use the Launch X431 GDS 3G Professional Auto Diagnostic Tool or Launch X431 IV GX4 Master Auto Diagnostic Tool for a full checking. After that you should know where the 70% position is, which can be determine by counting the sound of the ratchet, and calculate the total number of the 70% position, which is the effective working point of the handbrake lever.
2. Test the Sensitivity of you Car Handbrake
Except for the braking efficiency, you should also check the sensitivity of you car handbrake before you star your car, which can also be well diagnosed by Autel MaxiSys Pro MS908P Diagnostic Tool, Autel MaxiSys MS908 Automotive Diagnostic, etc. When driving on the road that without slope, pull the handbrake lever, and sense the sensitivity and find out the junction of the handle. However, this kind of checking method will damage the handbrake body organization. So we do not suggest you to check with too many times.
While in the process of inspection, if feeling the braking effectiveness or sensitivity of your car handbrake is not so ideal, it can be solved by adjusting the operation of the handbrake wire rope. There is an adjustable compensation mechanism on the joint bottom of the handbrake lever and the wire rope, which support you to stretch the length of the brake cables. However, some auto adjusting mechanism is located at the bottom of the car, if you are not familiar with it, you should ask the professional maintaining staff for help.
Well, though handbrake seems simple but often used "system" in our daily driving life. Correctly using and understanding can make it more smoothly for the future using, which is also very important to our safety, and can extend the adjustment cycle, as well as reduce the repairing and the replacement cost.