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The handbrake warning light on my Ford KA comes on when I brake sharply, especially on a downward slope. Any ideas?


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Asked on 16 Mar 2016

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just bought a 2004 c max can you tell me with the front break calliper are the pistons push or twist


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Asked on 22 Jan 2016

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ford fiesta 1.4tdci no resistance when you press the brake pedal no footbrakes


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Asked on 16 Sep 2015

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Ford focus c max the handbrake wont work when I pull it up


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Asked on 11 Sep 2015

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Cant depress footbrake. Any suggestions please


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Asked on 27 Jun 2015

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On a recent mot,,,car failed because handbrake was not holding on one rear wheel,,what would cause this. I have a vectra,06.


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Asked on 04 Jun 2015

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hi I have got 08 ford s max where can I find the hand brake adjuster is it under the car or in the centre console it is only working 18 percent at mot I have fitted new pads all round as was getting very low I thought that would have sorted hand brake at same time but still the same thanks


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Asked on 04 Jun 2015

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where do i put brake fluid in my kia picanto. the ABS light has come on and the break light


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Asked on 25 May 2015

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Hi, I have a 2002 diesel ford focus ghia tdci, the brake fluid is low and I wanted to check what type I should be topping up with? Thanks!


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Asked on 08 Apr 2015

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how much to replace brake pipes on ford fiesta


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Asked on 05 Mar 2015

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My ABS light came on today on my 06 Fiesta Ghia. Is their anything i can do myself to resolve this plz??


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Asked on 04 Mar 2015

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The handbrake light on my 04 Ford Focus is not illuminating when engaged. Is this a cause for concern or is it easily sorted?


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Asked on 02 Oct 2014

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Hi there, my 05 Ford Focus has been making a creaking noise when I put the handbrake on when parked on a sloping drive. The other day the car moved when i leaned on it and carried on moving when I parked on a steep slope with me in it!. I am firm with the handbrake but have been careful not to wrench it up as I know this can overstretch. It's done 90,000 and its serviced every year. Is this an expensive job?


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Asked on 23 Sep 2014

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how much will it be to replace the brake pads on a ford festia


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Asked on 08 Sep 2014

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Hi, i got a vauxhall corsa 07. I only have this car for 18 months. my brake starting grinding and i only do nearly 17,000 i check the brake disc is not smooth as it meant to be. I took to kwik fit they told me that i need new disc and pad. Can you give me any advice how to take care of my brake pad and drum by driving or parking?


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Asked on 19 Nov 2008

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The brakes on my 07 ford focus 1.8 are very harsh. i've been told that it is possible to have the system adjusted on adealers computer. Is this correct please?


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Asked on 04 Nov 2008

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Hi, I have a ford focus 1.6 petrol from 2000. The handbrake warning light has been staying on after the handbrake has been released and then flickering going off a short time later. This doesn't happen every time the handbrake is released, just sometimes. The performance of the brakes does not appear reduced, and I have checked the brake fluid level which seems ok (about half way between max and min markers), I was wondering how to check the brakes for wear, and also what could be causing this fault. Thanks.


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Asked on 11 Oct 2008

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Is it always necessary to measure brake drums for wear or is true that if they appear in good condition and there is no 'lipping' they won't be that worn?


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Asked on 07 Oct 2008

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RE: Hi, I've recently bought an S reg (1999) Focus 2.0 petrol Ghia. It was advertised as having ABS but have since found that either it doesn't or it's not working. Does this year & spec of Focus normally have ABS fitted and if it doesn't, how easy is it to get it? Kind Regards, A. Answer Hi can you tell me the registration number so i can cehck with ford Many thanks for your reply. The Registration no is S507 GHU. (Is it possible not to put this in yoiur reply please? Many thanks, A.


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Asked on 25 Jul 2008

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Could you please confirm the warning Low EPB Level???? Ford Focus CMAX 2.0 TDCi Thank you


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Asked on 22 Jul 2008

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I have a ford 2001 Focus 1600. When truning a corner or going around a roundabout the hand brake light comes on stays on then goes off. what could cause this?


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Asked on 02 Jul 2008

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I have a Ford Mondeo(06) which has done approx 24k in 2 years. Is changing the brake fluid normally considered part of a 2 year service or as an optional extra? Is the change out of brake fluid required to maintain warranty?


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Asked on 25 Jun 2008

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Hi - I have a Ford Focus and recently have noticed a smallish squeak when the brake pedal is released. There is no such noise when the pedal is depressed or during braking, only when I lift of the pedal. The noise seems to be coming from outside the car - it's not just a squeaky pedal. Could you advise me what the cause might be? Thanks in advance.


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Asked on 19 Jun 2008

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i have a 1.4 fiesta 2006 and the abs light is on all the time


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Asked on 18 May 2008

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i got ford fusion 2 its done 8000 miles how long does the brakes last before i change them


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Asked on 10 May 2008

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I can hear a clicking noise from the rear end of the car when i go forward and not when iam going backwards. the car is a ford granada scorpio 20 l dhov automatic.


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Asked on 24 Apr 2008

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I am having problems with my handbrake on the Focus C Max 2.0l GHIA 06 model which has the button handbrake instead of the conventional lever. When I am stationary on a hill start with the handbrake on I am unable to pull away in 1st gear using clutch and accelerator and pressing the handbrake down once I get the biting point. It works fine this way on level ground, downhill, or a small uphill incline, but when I really need it on a steep hill it doesnt work. I can only work it by pressing the footbrake and then switching my foot to the accelerator hence I roll back a little.


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Asked on 23 Apr 2008

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my hand brake lights come on now when i drive the car a for focus. the manual says have it checked at a dealer. what is the normal probelm when this light comes on, is it just change of pads and disks?


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Asked on 01 Dec 2007

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I have a 2001 Ford Focus 1.8 TD DI ( its just done 58000 miles and serviced by Ford a few weeks ago) and recently I have noticed a whirring noise when accelerating past 2000 RPM in all gears, Im un-sure whether it could be the turbo or gearbox faults?


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Asked on 05 Oct 2007

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having just driven through a big puddle my abs light and hand brake light came on could this be a simple fault with water gettig to the brake system or something more serious.


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Asked on 21 Jun 2007

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I can been told that I should not press the button to put on the hand brake on my ford focus but just drag the handbrake up. This makes a noise and I've been told this is the wrong way and that I should press the button on the handbrake - then lift to set. Who is right ? and what is the best way to put on the hand brake - or can you do it either way ??


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Asked on 12 Jun 2007

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I have fitted new brake shoes to the rear of my 1999 Ford Fiesta Zetec but the handbrake will not hold the car on a hill. How do I adjust the handbrake, there is no information in my manual. Many Thanks, Jeanette Hall.


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Asked on 16 Feb 2007

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Hi, I have a Ford Galaxy 1.9tdi P-reg. Last year (May 2006) I spent nearly £1000 getting te brake system repaired \ replaced at my local ATS. Now that the cold weather has come the brake cable and calipers are freezing on making it impossible to use the car until midday (which is no good for my wifes school run). ATS are saying that the cable was not replaced as part of the works and that they do not do this as it is a pain in the backside to do on a Galaxy. Do you think this is a reasonable response or should I pursue it further with them. I'm rather angry at having spent such a large amount of money only to be left with a car that won't work in Winter. Regards, Ian Lawrence


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Asked on 07 Feb 2007

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I have recently fitted some new break shoes to the rear of the car and would additionally like to adjust the handbrake. The handbrake currently takes 6 clicks to fully engage when it has only taken 2 in the past. I've looked everywhere in the manual for the adjusting mechanism, but to no avail. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks


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Asked on 09 Jul 2002

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I have noticed when I brake heavily or brake when travelling on an incline or decline, that I get an extremely noticeable vibration through my steering wheel. I have recently had my front wheels balanced but this has not seemed to fix the problem. Any ideas?


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Asked on 06 Nov 2001

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There is a clicking noise from my front right wheel when I brake. I took it to the garage and they said it was because the wheel was hitting against the four wheel bolts when I brake, because a bolt that fixes the brake to the wheel bolt area is missing. is this likely to cause me problems? will the four wheel bolts be under too much stress? should i get the bolt hole bored onto the four bolt section, or am I worring about nothing? all there is at the moment is that cluncking sound when I brake. Cheers Colin


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Asked on 23 Jul 2001

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What could be causing the squeaking noise from my brakes?


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Asked on 06 Jun 2001

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When I brake hard, the steering wheel judders and the brake pedal seems to jump up and down slightly. Could this be serious?


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Asked on 06 Jun 2001

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My handbrake is causing problems. I can put it on, but when I want to take it off it really sticks. What can I do about this?


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Asked on 06 Jun 2001

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I am having problems with my handbrake which is very loose. I am having to avoid parking on slopes because I am afraid it might roll. What can I do?


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Asked on 06 Jun 2001