Q: Driving with the hand brake pulled up

asked by on

I accidentally drove my car with the hand brake pulled up. While I was driving and hit a rock on the road, I could hear a noticeable splashing sound. It seems the noise was coming from under the vehicle. When I realized that it was pulled up, I pulled the hand brake down. How much damage has this caused to the car? Could you give me some advice on what to check?

Hello. Usually when the E-brake is engaged and the vehicle is driven for a short amount of time, no damage will occur. But it is a possibility that you may have incurred heat damage to the shoes, pads, or rotors. These’s also a possibility that the emergency brake cable have become stretched. The splashing sound is odd, but may not be worrisome unless you continue to hear it. If you want to get it looked at, a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will easily be able to inspect your braking system and tell you if any components have undergone damage.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Driving with the hand brake pulled up

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine has a very small surge

Claimed by Jeff Engstrom

Q: Back brake clamped afteer releasing the E-brake

The first thing you want to do if you feel it jerking like that is quickly jack up the wheel and pull off the tires and see if they are sticking. If they are sticking, a lot of times, the...

Q: What should I know about the parking brake?

Your car is equipped with a parking brake to help ensure safety when parking at all times. It’s not designed just for when you park on an incline – it should be used at all times. Here’s how to set...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.