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parking brake use #5283335 12/02/19 07:34 PM
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Ive decided to start using my parking brake more often when parking my truck. Ive read that its beneficial to the parking pawl in the tranny. When using it in the past, Ive always put it in park and then applied the brake.

To my understanding the correct way to apply the parking brake is to leave the vehicle in drive with your foot on the regular brake, apply the parking brake and then put the vehicle in park.

To let off the parking brake, I understand its the opposite, I would put the tranny in drive or reverse first and then pull the parking brake lever? Is this correct?

Might sound like some dumb questions but I never gave it much thought and if its beneficial for the parking pawl Ill do it every time I park.

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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283356 12/02/19 07:50 PM
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You plan on moving to San Francisco where this would matter?


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283358 12/02/19 07:51 PM
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When I drive an automatic transmission equipped car I put the transmission in neutral with my foot on the brake pedal. Then I apply the parking brake, and take my foot off the brake pedal to make sure the parking brake catches. Then I put my foot back on the pedal and put the vehicle in park.


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283360 12/02/19 07:53 PM
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Right foot on brake, left foot on parking brake or pull the handle or toggle the electronic switch and put the vehicle in park or 1st gear if it's a stick.


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283361 12/02/19 07:56 PM
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I'll usually use the parking/e-brake on hills, slopes, or when loading/unloading a trailer or rolling something up ramps into the back of the van/truck. The only way to keep the load off the parking pawl is to set the brake before you put it in park (& make sure it holds like bdcardinal said above). If I'm on a flat surface, I don't think it makes much of a difference.


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283365 12/02/19 08:02 PM
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An old mechanic told me to always set the parking brake then put the trans in park especially when parking on a hill to take some stress off the parking pawl. Also it makes easier to release the pawl without the weight of the vehicle on it.


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283368 12/02/19 08:03 PM
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I always use it, all the time, both auto and manual.

Saw a Rambler Matador where the pawl failed once.


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Re: parking brake use [Re: mobilaltima] #5283371 12/02/19 08:09 PM
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many years ago i worked at a trencher manufacture, in the prototype shop. we learned that there is a difference between an emergency brake and a parking brake. an good emergency brake will stop a rolling machine. a parking brake will not not stop a rolling machine. but will hold it after stopping. history note. the old Hudsons after the reg brake peddle went to far it started applying the emergency brake.

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I always hold my right foot on the brake, park in P (automatic), apply parking brake, let go my right foot, and make sure the car is not moving, then turn off the engine.


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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
When I drive an automatic transmission equipped car I put the transmission in neutral with my foot on the brake pedal. Then I apply the parking brake, and take my foot off the brake pedal to make sure the parking brake catches. Then I put my foot back on the pedal and put the vehicle in park.

100%. I believe you need to ensure the vehicle (if it wants to) moves a bit before you engage park. Then to move off again you take it out of Park and place it into N before disengaging the parking brake. Save those Park pawls and don't "hang" your vehicles in Park due to the parking pawl engagement!


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Don't overthink it. It's a parking brake. Park, set the brake, and don't fuss over it.

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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
When I drive an automatic transmission equipped car I put the transmission in neutral with my foot on the brake pedal. Then I apply the parking brake, and take my foot off the brake pedal to make sure the parking brake catches. Then I put my foot back on the pedal and put the vehicle in park.


Ditto.


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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
When I drive an automatic transmission equipped car I put the transmission in neutral with my foot on the brake pedal. Then I apply the parking brake, and take my foot off the brake pedal to make sure the parking brake catches. Then I put my foot back on the pedal and put the vehicle in park.


This.

I've noticed on most of my automatic cars that putting the parking brake on after shifting into neutral and then into Park seems to be the right choice to keep stress off the
pawl.

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Originally Posted by AC1DD
... putting the parking brake on after shifting into neutral and then into Park seems to be the right choice to keep stress off the pawl.
That routine makes sense when parking on a significant hill. Elsewhere, you'd wear out the brake mechanism long before the parking pawl.


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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
When I drive an automatic transmission equipped car I put the transmission in neutral with my foot on the brake pedal. Then I apply the parking brake, and take my foot off the brake pedal to make sure the parking brake catches. Then I put my foot back on the pedal and put the vehicle in park.

thumbsup That is how you are supposed to use the parking brake.


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