After getting rid of the Rover 214, I have got an Astra - 2 years old. Can
anyone tell me whether Astras have a known handbrake problem - I have had to
have mine adjusted twice in 2 weeks - I can drive with the handbrake on and
even move it fwd or reverse on tickover. It's a bit worrying when parked on
a downhill slope at work and I have left it in reverse gear that it still
starts to creep down hill!!
You definitely have a brake problem.
Does the car have a service history? If it does, it might be worth calling
the servicing dealer and asking them to check the history.
Did you get the work done at a Vauxhall dealer? If you did, take it back, if
you didn't, take it to one.
The car is still under manufacturer's warranty so they should investigate
Obviously worn/service parts will not be covered but it sounds like a fluid
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Covering myself in case I've made the same cock-up twice in quick
succession, do astras this age have rear disc brakes? If so, it could be the
case that the pads are worn down to the point where the anti-rattle springs
meet each other in the middle and can't apply the brake properly, as used to
happen with early astra front brakes.
Any way you look at it though, it's a brake problem. And for the OP I should
point out that in 99% of cars, applying the handbrake uses the same brake
components as applying the foot brake, but only at one end, usually the
rear. It's not a separate brake, just a different way of applying the same
brake. It should have been sorted though. Whenever I work on a handbrake or
rear brake, I test it by manually by turning the wheels, or attempting to,
both with and without the brakes applied. It sounds like whoever did yours
just tightened the cable without jacking it up, which can mean that the
brake will bind (fail to release) later.
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