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    Does this seem to be a common problem for the Vectra C? Read a post by someone regarding theirs failing last night & he was replied to by another 4 or 5 people saying the same, either from ratchet mech releasing itself or from when brakes cooled off & released themselves.

    I've not heard of it untill last night, now the missus parks the Vectra uphill from my works Astra

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    Not heard of it myself... although I always park in gear out of habit so it wouldn't cause me an issue really.

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    If the car has been driven hard then the discs would have expanded a little and when they cool you might as well have left the hand brake off

    I sat and watched a Cooper S with red discs park up, 5 mins later it wasn't in the same parking bay - made a few people look to see if Mr Beadle was about Mini boot's aren't that strong.

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    It's fast becoming a common fault on the facelift too. I know of at least three people with facelifts showing the fault.

    Paul.

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    I can vouch for that. 06 model, parked in the same place on my dads drive as I park mine ( when I have it that is! ) pulled the handbrake on, half an hour later its rolled into his Jag. He wasn't amused......

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    that's the beauty of autos..once in park, the handbrake becomes secondary..

    there was a french car that used the front discs as the handbrake disc system, can't remember which one??? That did exactly the same..discs cooled and the cars rolled away..

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    Happened twice on mine! Once I was fueling up , heard a bang then the car started rolling back
    Always try to leave it in gear now.

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    The Citroen BX had the handbrake on the front discs.

    The Vectra B had a small set of shoes on the inside of the disc (worked like a drum) for the handbrake, so even if driven hard, whent he disc cooled, the brake was still on.

    I always leave a manual car in gear, or if auto, then Park. doubles up for safety...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marichrd
    I always leave a manual car in gear, or if auto, then Park. doubles up for safety...
    Ditto

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