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my car Lotus Esprit S4. the handbrake works as far in that the cable pulls the pads onto disc and stops the car

But.... the ratchet has stopped working so I cannot park the car with the brake on..... dashboard warning light is permanently on.

Took the seat out and had a look through the 2 access holes but cannot see anything wrong. I was only looking for about 10 minutes as the contortions of bending over and looking at stuff upside down got the better of me. Tried using mirrors but could still not see what is wrong.

Advice please



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HI Geoff

If the dashboard light is on then the pin switch is sticking,  is the button on the end of the handbrake as normal or stuck in ?    Try and give the handbrake lever a bit of a tap. 


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