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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

Depends on the car.. some won't let you remove the key from ignition if it's not in park. To be honest I really wouldn't worry about "crossing" reverse when heading for Park there is usually a slight ...
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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

The simple answer is "No". There is no useful reason/benefit to using the transmission any other way than it was designed. Use PARK (P).
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How Do Parking Brakes Wear Out?

Some cars use the same disk brake pads for the foot brake and the parking brake. Some cars have have disk pads for the foot brake and separate smaller pads on the same disk surface for the parking ...
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How Do Parking Brakes Wear Out?

One thing that can appear as parking brake wear is actually the stretching of the parking brake cable. Every time you apply the parking brake, the cable will stretch just a tiny bit. Every so often, ...
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Does my electronic parking brake remain engaged if I disconnect the battery?

It is my understanding that electronic parking brakes remain in whatever state they were in when the battery dies or is disconnected. The electronic system does not "hold" the brake. It simply engages ...
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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

Setting your car in Park does not cause wear of any kind, and most automatics I have driven will not start or let you remove the key in any other position than Park. First of all, I'd like to point ...
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How to keep a car with manual transmission from rolling downhill when parking on a sloped surface?

The parking brake should hold the vehicle, otherwise it can be difficult to achieve a hill start. When parking, the front wheels should be turned into the kerb so if it rolls it runs into the kerb ...
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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

Because of the way an automatic transmission works, this really is a non-issue. You're probably thinking about how in a manual transmission, when you move the gear shifter, you are physically pushing ...
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Does my electronic parking brake remain engaged if I disconnect the battery?

There are basically two types of e-e-brakes. There are single motor/cable systems and caliper-mounted motor systems. 1. On single motor/cable systems from autoserviceprofessional.com (Emphasis added):...
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How to keep a car with manual transmission from rolling downhill when parking on a sloped surface?

It isn't normal that the car moves downhill with the parking brake applied, if it does it shows that the parking brake isn't working properly. It should fully stop the car even when on a steep hill. ...
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Can pulling up the handbrake without depressing the button wear or damage it?

Pulling the hand brake without pushing the button has no effect on the service life of the parking brake. The only thing that will wear is the ratcheting lock mechanism, and I doubt you could wear it ...
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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

Leaving car in neutral can be quite dangerous, if someone rest on your car and your car don't have hand brake engaged your car will start moving and can hit another car, get on the road or hit ...
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How do the rear brakes on a 1995 Chevy 1500 self-adjust?

Not sure on your particular vehicle, but most auto-adjusting drum brakes work when applying the foot brake (not parking brake) while the vehicle is in reverse, so whenever you back out of a parking ...
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How Do Parking Brakes Wear Out?

Build up gunk from brake dust or other deposits also affects the operation of every type of brake, also an eventual separate parking brake. While technically not a wear factor, it requires maintenance ...
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What points of failure should I be aware of when driving with only the parking brake?

Several things to consider: Cable wear. The emergency break is generally activated by a steel cable. As the cable gets older, rusts, and wears, it can eventually totally break instead of braking. :...
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Car with broken left driveshaft won't stay in park

While the other answer is basically correct, it really doesn't tell you why it does this. These two things are related because of the differential. The differential is made to allow either side to ...
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Slack in Parking Brake Line

Its possible the cable got pushed out of the equalizer bar. Check cable connections on both ends of the cables, inside the drum and the equalizer bar. Also be sure the parking brake bar inside the ...
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Do overheated brakes and their foul odor expose you to higher asbestos doses?

You don't mention what the year of the vehicle you're talking about, but for the most part, asbestos has not been used in brake shoes/pads since ~1995. Here's an article in the LA Times from 1991 ...
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The Parking Brake on my 1965 Buick hasn't been used in 20 years, what maintenance should be done before use?

According to this Delaware DMV page, the parking brake must stop a vehicle in 54 feet from 20 mph. For reference, the foot brake has to stop the car in 20' from the same speed. It doesn't sound like ...
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Corolla 1999 - My parking brake light randomly turns on and off

As well as being a parking brake warning light, that is also a service brake warning light - i.e. it warns you of problems with the main footbrake. Given what you have described, my first thought ...
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Car "clicks" and rolls down hill in park

What causes this? Automatic transmissions use a gear-locking lever called a pawl. When you put your car in park, the pawl pushes down onto a cog looking gear and locks into place on it, preventing ...
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Previous owner removed the entire parking brake system on my car, what are my options?

I don't think you'll have much luck trying to use other cars' brake systems. Here's what a parking brake system generally consists of: Handle A splitter to split the one handle into two cables The ...
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Leaving car with automatic transmission in Neutral instead of Park

The difference between neutral and park in your auto transmission is that the auto transmission has something called a parking prawl which basically physically locks your transmission gears. https://...
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Car with broken left driveshaft won't stay in park

Yes it is related, both drive shafts (cv shafts) must be connected and in working order for park to work, use the e brake like you have been. Replace the cv shaft and all will be working again.
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VW Jetta parking brake loose after rear brakes replaced. Is it related?

They are lying to you. The cables attach to the same calipers they worked on. This leads me to believe they either forgot to reconnect them or failed to adjust it properly. I would suggest you ...
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How to keep a car with manual transmission from rolling downhill when parking on a sloped surface?

The way I was taught in driving school is this: Pull the handbrake (this is obvious) Put the car into gear (1st or reverse are recommended) in case the handbrake fails. The gear does not matter that ...
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Parking brake needs constant maintenance

Anti-seize isn't actually the product you are looking for, it's designed to keep threads from seizing, not to lubricate parts that are moving often. What you want is an actual brake lubricant that ...
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How modern electronic parking brake works? Do they consume power when parked and car is off?

No, these systems do not consume energy when activated. While there are several different designs, all are based on a motorized actuator that engages the brake. So it only is "on" for the ...
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Driving with parking brake on

4 miles at 30/40 mph could heat the brake components and wheel hub until the brake fluid boils, the wheel bearing grease runs out, the rotors/drums warp, etc. I recommend complete disassembly and ...
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