(I posted this at Allfordmustangs too..trying to maximize feedback from my forum-friends) So anyway, I need a hand with troubleshooting my handbrake. 2000 3.8 mustang, 127000 miles. For years now, the car hasn't held completely still with just the handbrake from rolling backwards on any sort of hill. I just learned to leave it in gear as well. I have now replaced the rear brake pads, and the handbrake cannot hold the car whatsoever. The handbrake spring is tensioned one full counterclockwise turn. When pulling the lever, it ratchets up the gear as it should. If I set the brake lever, and then pull the wheel manually with vise grips, I can secure the car. Also of note, lowering the lever releases the cable, but at the bottom-most tooth of the gear to the full-release setting, the cable just slacks, it doesn't push through the floor to the rear cables. So is the handbrake worn out? Is it stretched cables?