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Old 14th September 2007, 15:18   #1
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Is it possible to release the handbrake from outside the car.

One of my friends car was parked in front of another car. The owner of the other car release the handbrake of the car from outside (somewhere from under the car) and moved the car. Is this possible?
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Maybe possible but surely the car would be in gear too?
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Hi Guys,
Is it possible to release the handbrake from outside the car.

One of my friends car was parked in front of another car. The owner of the other car release the handbrake of the car from outside (somewhere from under the car) and moved the car. Is this possible?
u dint ask the guy who did that?
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Old 14th September 2007, 15:48   #4
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Yes, this is quiet possible, dont know how. Otherwise how will they tow away cars without waiting for owner to arrive.
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My question will be

Does the hand break jams all the four wheels or just the front wheels?

If it is only front wheels then I guess it is possible.

Policewala tow away the cars parked in no parking zone even if hand break is applied.

Just my 2 cents..
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Yeah, good question!
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Actually the hand brake is used on only the rear wheels. Yes it is possible to disable the hand brake from outside. But i am not sure how
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nah, handbrake applies to front wheels only. Have you seen any policeman disengaging hand break first and then proceed to towing? They simply lift the car and woah!!....gone!
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My question will be

Does the hand break jams all the four wheels or just the front wheels?

If it is only front wheels then I guess it is possible.

Policewala tow away the cars parked in no parking zone even if hand break is applied.

Just my 2 cents..
The handbrake usually locks the rear wheels. At least on most Indian cars which I have driven. Otherwise one can never execute 180s.

I am also curious to know how the handbrake can be disabled from outside. Since the handbrake uses cable operation; it might be possible by detaching/cutting some cable under the vehicle. Experts please enlighten us.
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First of all handbrake is applied only onthe rear wheels, no debate on that.

Secondly, since its a mechanical action using cable to apply pressure the only way to release it from outside is to cut the cable or somehow loosen it.

The car can be moved forward slowly even with gear and handbrake by pushing from behind (2-3 ppl) using rocking action, it takes time but can be moved away few meter's like that.
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Had asked my mechanic about this a long while ago while I had a Sumo. He showed me the adjuster of the handbrake cable underneath the car and on loosening it completely the cable goes slack hence disabling the brake, this is what cops do whle towing.
Handbrakes lock only rear brakes and not the front ones so when your car is being towed away even if it is in gear they raise the front so the rear wheels are freewheeling.
Am no expert but hope this answers some of the questions.
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a bit offtopic:
the best way to know whether the hand brake is applied on the front wheels or rear wheels -> drive the car normally at 10-20kph in an empty stretch and while taking a small turn yank the hand brake (without applying the brakes) - you will know whether the brake is applied on the front or rear wheels - on a serious note -> please dont try this method.

the hand brake is applied on the rear wheels. if the hand brake is fully applied it will be a bit difficult to move the vehicle. IMO it is possible to loosen the cable.

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If a car can be driven with the hand brake still engaged, why can't it be towed?
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If a car can be driven with the hand brake still engaged, why can't it be towed?
but then you will be straining the engine & toasting the rear brakes.? (well if one is drivng the car with the handbrakes applied)
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Hand break works only on the rear wheels....

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My question will be

Does the hand break jams all the four wheels or just the front wheels?

If it is only front wheels then I guess it is possible.

Policewala tow away the cars parked in no parking zone even if hand break is applied.

Just my 2 cents..
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