By _Tater_Tot_ - United States - Anniston
Today, my mom let me know that I'll have to spend my entire tax return on replacing my car brakes. The reason I need new brakes is because almost every single time she uses the car, she floors the gas while the parking brake is still on. FML
_Tater_Tot_ tells us more :
To answer some responses Im a girl and I don't put the parking brake on, my mom happens to somehow put it on whilst driving and she does not notice the light on the dashboard :/
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  greekk  |  21

breaks and hand break are a big difference.. and new break pads cost like $400... New big brembos (expensive amazing breaks) are a few thousand... how small is your tax return and your mum might have damaged your hand break but to adjust that it should be free.. just a wire that you pull.. I've driven in circles with my hand break up.. hundreds of times(stunt driving) and I've never changed my hand break(what you call park break) lmao..

  Mauskau  |  35

On my car, the hand brake applies the same brakes on the rear as the brake pedal would apply. My handbrake snapped and shortly later, one of my callipers seized up and destroyed my brake disc and pads. The two aren't related but they use the same part of your car.

  BenjiX_fml  |  13

Not sure where #14 shops, but even our most expensive pads at advance are less than $80. Depending on the vehicle you can replace every pad, rotor, caliper, line and the master cyl. for less than $400.

  slyde32  |  12

I've spent around $400 on brakes, but they were huge aftermarket rotors and calipers, essentially race car brakes for the street. loved them, but as replacement brakes, and not an upgrade, you'd be looking at much much less, obviously

By  irishmaiden78  |  23

Honestly after the first couple of times I don't think I would have allowed her to drive my car without signing a damage waiver... I'm sorry that happened but she really needs to take responsibility for what she did and the damages that accrued.

By  kaitb1103  |  23

Do you need to put the hand parking brake on every time? Not saying you're in the wrong OP; but maybe if it's not needed you don't need it on? IE if you don't live on a hill or sloped street it might not be needed :) just trying to provide another viewpoint!

  kaitb1103  |  23

See, this i didn't know! Thanks! :) not familiar with the inner workings of my car besides jumping it and filling up with gas. End of knowledge right there.

  slyde32  |  12

also in saying that, if something did happen while it was there with no hand brake on and it rolled back into a car or house, you'd be in a bit of trouble, if it rolled back with the hand brake on then you might get away with it on a mechanical fault (provided you could prove you had no knowledge of the fault)

  Colon_Man  |  17

Parking pawls sure do take a lot of abuse up here. However, most park brake cables are rusted solid right from the dealership.

Our roads are paved with salt.

By  cfojo  |  19

Your mother should be paying for it, OP. If she can't afford it then you should leave a sticky note on the steering wheel reminding her to take off the emergency brake :)