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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 delay before it engages the clutch anyway so when moving the selector you will be past it and into park before it does anything about selecting reverse. "Park"...


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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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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 and disengages it. I would put the parking brake on and block the wheels.


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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 and pulling different gears into place. In an automatic transmission, it does the work for you using hydraulic pressure. When you move the gear selector, you'...


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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 out that even if Reverse did fully engage, the wear on clutches and brake bands caused by it is about the same as each of the individual gear shifts your ...


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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 and stops.


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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): As long as the car is not moving, pressing the switch runs the motor to tighten the parking brake cable. The tension will be increased to a value depending ...


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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. This can be caused by worn brake shoes, the cable could be stretched out or the mechanisms are worn, all are (generally) straightforward to fix. It's a safety ...


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The operation is simpler then you might think. In broad strokes there is a screw type setup in the center of the piston. One part of the screw is loosely attached to the piston, the other part is attached to the lever. When the breaks are applied using hydraulics the piston has some degree of freedom to move beyond the length of the screw setup. If the ...


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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 out. The purpose of the button is to release the locking mechanism. These are typically simple tooth and claw ratchets.


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Honda's and Accuras are famous for using wear indicators that are shaped/oriented a specific way that causes them to grind only when you reverse. In all likelihood you have a worn brake pad and probably some rotors that need to be replaced at the same time.


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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 space and hit the foot brake, the brakes adjust. EDIT: There is a device within the braking assembly which looks like this: There is a lever arm attached to ...


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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 somebody. Gears and clutch wear when there is extreme force or heat caused by friction, which means putting car in park won't cause any damage, as long, as the car isn'...


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My suggestion is always park with the transmission in gear and the park brake on. Along with curbing the wheels. Gear selection (forward or reverse) on flat ground, I choose reverse. My reasoning is that a vehicle parked curbside is more likely to be struck from the rear. Even a nudge from a careless driver can push the vehicle if it is only held by the park ...


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If the light was shut off after pumping the foot brakes the issue was not the parking brake. The problem is in the regular braking system you use to stop the car, as such it needs immediate attention. It may have been caused by something as simple as low brake fluid level. If the level is low either the system has a leak or the brake pads are worn to the ...


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It sounds like the parking brake is siezed on, hence no resistance when pulling the lever. It looks like these cars use the same calliper to apply both the foot brake and the parking brake. A common fault with these designs is that the lever on the calliper that the parking brake cable connects to siezes and so the brake doesn't release. It is sometimes ...


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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. :) This shouldn't be an issue on a 3 years old car, but if your vehicle has reached 10-15 years old, you should definitely not depend on the cable to stop you. ...


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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 spin at different rates. There are three connections to the differential in a rear wheel drive vehicle: drive shaft (from transmission); left axle shaft; right ...


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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 drum is installed properly. Equalizer bar image Brake drum cable


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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 which talked about it: Under federal law, asbestos brake production is supposed to stop in 1993 and auto manufacturers are supposed to stop using it in new cars ...


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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 would be to check the brake fluid level - if it is near the 'min' mark, you will need to top it up from a fresh, unopened container. If it is empty, or below the '...


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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 you're registering the car as an antique/collector, but if you do, you only have to pass the inspection once. As for checking the function of the brake, I ...


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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 any movement in the transmission. Here is an excellent explanation of the mechanics involved. Depending on the age of the vehicle and the kind of wear that it ...


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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 cables that attach to the splitter, and run all the way back to the rear wheels (separately). A drum brake system inside each rear rotor (connects to the wires,...


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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 take it back to them and demand they fix it properly or take it to a different mechanic.


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Visual Inspection CABLE HOUSING/SHEATH You can follow the brake cable back to the rear of the car. I'm not sure if it goes to the right or left rear. In so doing you can see if it has any damage. A bad kink in it, torn cable housing (if you can see the actual cable in the housing due to damage....that's not good) Parking Break Mechanism The cable ...


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How humid is it outside when this happens? It could just be surface rust getting scraped away. This usually isn't very loud, but kind of a low metal on metal slushing/grinding sound. It may also be that your brakes are "resonating", which is a term I just invented to describe the somewhat loud, low reverberations that are caused by the brakes quickly ...


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Check to ensure you have enough fluid in the brake master cylinder. A lot of vehicles have the sensor which detects the level of the fluid in on the same circuit as the parking brake. If you find this low, you may want to check the condition of your brake pads. If the brake pads are thin, there is more fluid residing in your calipers which would in turn give ...


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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://estimate.myautomatictransmission.com/transmission-parking-pawl/ You need to put the transmission in park else the car will roll away. Even on a flat surface ...


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