Land Rover Discovery Electric Hand Brake Wont Release
The Land Rover Discovery 3 and Discovery 4 are known for the common fault of the hand brake also known as the parking brake getting stuck on. This video shows how to manually release it on a Discovery 4. On a Discovery there its very similar however the loop is under the little panel directly behind the parking brake switch.
There are a few things to note here.
Firstly this is rather complex for someone with no mechanical knowledge so there is an alternative.
The parking brake mechanism is an electric motor located above the read diff which operates on a spline that pulls mechanical cables on in the same manner as a conventional handbrake. If the hand brake locks on its because the module has failed an willed to be replaced.
This module comes complete with the motor and the two cables. This means that in some cases it can be easier to get under the vehicle and cut the cable off. They are going into the bin anyway. This will release the cable. Note: you need to be cautious when doing this as the cables can be tight and flick back. Additionally the vehicle can move when the brake is released.
This set up is very similar on the Range Rover. you can find out how to release it on the Discovery by clicking here.
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Similarly his experience has led to advising some clients to trade-in before large expenses deem them bankrupt and has been able to advise when after market options are available as opposed to inflated OEM parts.
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