A malfunctioning parking brake can lead to a host of other problems if not addressed as soon as possible. The last thing you want to deal with is watching your Land Rover roll down a hill and suffer damage because the parking brake was not working properly.
The parking brake is an important part of every vehicle, and they are required to be operational in every state in the nation. Modern Land Rovers come equipped with an Electric Parking Brake, or EPB. This is activated via a button near the center console. It engages the parking brake when pushed.
When working properly, a steel cable connected to the back tires is tightened, causing the brakes to clamp down and keep the Land Rover stationary. If any of this process is not functioning correctly, it can lead to unintended movement.
Warning Signs of a Parking Brake Malfunction
There are several indications to look out for that could mean your Land Rover’s parking brake is not working as it should. If you experience any of these issues, it’s best to take your vehicle to a licensed mechanic to get it properly diagnosed and repaired.
- Dashboard Alert: If your parking brake malfunctions, the brake light will activate on your dashboard. You will also see a message on your Land Rover’s message center. It is important to your safety that you take these warning lights seriously and get your car checked out.
- Car Not Held Securely: A malfunctioning parking brake cannot function as designed, so you may notice that your Land Rover will shift or roll a bit even if the parking brake is engaged.
- Brake Won’t Release: With a parking brake failure, you may not be able to disengage the parking brake. If this occurs, have your Land Rover towed in for service, as driving with the brake engaged can damage other parts and lead to more expensive repairs.
- Lack of Resistance: If you are using your parking brake and you feel no resistance on the pedal, your brake may have failed entirely and needs to be looked at as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Parking Brake Failure
There are a few reasons why this can happen. Here’s a bit more so you can better understand what is going on with your Land Rover if you experience any of the above issues:
- Your parking cable could either be worn from old age and overuse, or it could have completely snapped.
- The cable could be stuck, meaning that even when you try to disengage the brake, your warning light will still flash. Do not try to drive if this happens, since this is a big indicator that your parking brake is not functional.
- Your brake shoes could be improperly placed and need to be realigned in order to use the parking brake again.
European Motor Works Will Fix a Faulty Parking Brake
Most of the time, fixing a parking brake is not something you should have to do more than once, if not ever. If it does fail, the failure is most likely due to an issue with the parking brake cable. This cable can stretch over time with use, and may need to be replaced. This involves removing the back wheels to reach the brake assembly, and may require a factory tool to put your Land Rover’s system in service mode before any repairs can be done. This is best left to a professional mechanic who knows the ins and outs of your Land Rover and can properly diagnose and repair any parking brake issues.
At European Motor Works in San Francisco, CA, we can fix your Land Rover’s parking brake, as well as any other issues that may come along. We suggest regular inspections to ensure that your brake system is always in tip-top shape. Our highly-skilled technicians pride themselves on product knowledge, staff experience, and customer service. Our expertise lies in working with luxury imports, which means having the right tools and highest quality parts for every job.