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Whatever it is on then, should be fine. Just needs fixing, back to as new condition.
its a ford.
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its a ford.
Tbf my dad has a mk2 focus the handbrake was terrible from day one. It finally failed the mot on it year 7 and the garage who repaired it did a far better job than ford managed in the factory.

Does the rear disc focus use seperate drums for the handbrake like the Mazda 3 does or just nip the discs with the pads?
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Tbf my dad has a mk2 focus the handbrake was terrible from day one. It finally failed the mot on it year 7 and the garage who repaired it did a far better job than ford managed in the factory.

Does the rear disc focus use seperate drums for the handbrake like the Mazda 3 does or just nip the discs with the pads?
at 10 years old had it fixed for about 6 months I guess the handbrake cables stretched again.

And I refuse to look at my own breaks, I always have bits left over
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Depends on why it's being parked in gear, if a steep hill, I'll hold it on the brake, switch off, release clutch, then brake. If it's to stop handbrake sticking on when leaving a car for a while, I'll park in neutral, then engage a gear, but in that case I'll be parking on the flat anyway. Also use a choc.

I've discovered that my HDI engined Citroen(Ulysee) won't hold in gear on anything more than a slight slope, some kind of decompression valve in the engine?

Never got into the habit of depressing the clutch when starting, always foot on brake and select neutral. I guess too many years of driving hydraulic Citroens, where no pump pressure means no clutch...
I know some people park in 2nd on the flat and first or reverse on a hill. What is the reason/benefit parking in 2nd?
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I know some people park in 2nd on the flat and first or reverse on a hill. What is the reason/benefit parking in 2nd?
None I can see, you get the greatest mechanical advantage from first or reverse.

Some cars it's reccomended to avoid reverse because it's more likely to jump out of gear, or the layshaft is weaker.
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