After several attempts to sort my handbrake , can anyone tell me roughly
how strong it is supposed to be, ie SHOULD it be able lock the rear wheels.
Also I changed the alternator because the old one was not putting out any
real current. It would match the load on the car but not put out much
more. So question 2 is how long should the car be able to stand without
the battery having to be jumped? Previously I was getting 4-5 days with
plenty of dodgy starts due to the crap alternator.
The hand brake on both of my 95s will hold the car well on a moderate
incline but the power of the engine will easily overcome the hand brake. If
your brake warning light ever fails to warn you that your hand brake is
still on, you will smell your mistake within a minute.
If you have a good battery, your car should be able to sit for weeks without
needing a jump. If you are experiencing a dead battery after only a few
days, you should look for a key off power drain. Because the center console
doors break off those cheap plastic (rear mount) hinges on virtually every
early 4th generation camaro I've ever seen, you should look for the center
console light to be potentially staying on after you lay the door back into
its cradle. This was my problem and I discovered it by removing the bulb.
The battery then quit going dead every few days. I then replaced the console
door and hinge pin ($50US). Wouldn't it be nice if someone had come up with
a repair or replacement kit for those pathetic toy hinges?
Thanks for that, I did notice the light whilst i was removing and
replacing the centre console ( it came out about 4 times in total), and
forgot to disconnect the cable, so i have just pulled the lamp for the
It does start so much better now that i think the battery is charching
properly. I just need to NOT use it and let it sit for a few days.
Ta very much for the reply, it helps get a perspective on what the problem
In gear the park brake should kill the engine (standard shift) at 1500
to 2000 RPM. If your car is a automatic It should hold the car or barely
creep fore or aft at those same rpm's.
Park brake cables on American cars are prone to siezing. New ones can
be had for between $25 to $75 US.
As for the battery, If I can't leave a car or truck sit for a few weeks
to a few months, I consider the battery Junk.
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