Pulled up in the car park today and found my handbrake wasn't working when I tried to pull handbrake up. The handbrake has pull on it but doesn't catch - it wasn't making that 'clicking sound' and catching when you pull it up. But! I left it a couple of mins and then it started catching again. Doesn't feel like its catching as strongly but still holds...
I parked on a hill later to test handbrake and it worked fine (also put car in gear) and car didn't move...but I'm thinking that if it doesn't break now then it'll probably properly break soon...?
Anyway, can you guys help me out with a couple of questions??
1) What's the mechanism in the handbrake called that catches when you pull the handbrake up?? Just so I can explain it to garage...
2) Anyone have any similar experience and what do you think the cost will be? I'm guessing maybe £100ish?
3) I have AA Homestart with an insurance add-on where I can claim the cost of repairs through the AA when the car has broken down - do you think this would be covered through AA? I.e. car is unsafe to drive?
It's a 2005 Focus Mk2.