What is the hand brake cable for?
The hand brake cable
avoids that the vehicle rolls when parked on a slight slope. The hand brake cable is at one end connected to the hand brake lever inside the car and at the other to the rear brakes
. If the hand brake is pulled, the lining
of the drum brakes is pushed against the drum
. The vehicle can therefore not move anymore.
A car has one or two hand brake cables. If there are two, each wheel is by its own cable connected to the hand brake
lever. There are also cars with an automatic hand brake