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Old 11-12-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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E-Brake On or Off?

I'm just wondering how many people actually park their car with the E-brake on. This is for auto as well as manual.


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It depends on where I park, most of the time no
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e-brake is bad if you just came off a drive that really heats your rotors up. The gasses get trapped between the pad and rotor when you park and apply the e-brake. I would only use it if you are on a incline/decline, where keeping it in reverse for manual ,park for auto is going to keep too much force on the gears.
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e-brake is bad if you just came off a drive that really heats your rotors up.
While that's true after a 20 minute session on the track (road course),
normal street driving is not going to have that effect,
let alone on the rear brakes that only do 20-30% of the work.
Now, if you've just come down a mountain pass and been using the brakes hard, I can see that.
But for the other 99% of the time, that won't be the case.

Using the parking brake is a good thing, especially with an automatic.
The parking pawl (or pin) while being strong can still get worn quite a bit by not using the parking brake.
Especially if the car is allowed to rock against it before it locks up.
Ever notice how loose an automatic car can be when parked?
That's from not using the parking brake.

On a manual, it's needed just as much, especially on inclines.
Most manuals require puting the clutch in to start the car.
If the brake isn't on you have a good chance of rolling into something when you try to start the car and forget to put your other foot on the brake.

The only time where it's not desirable to use the parking brake is in cold/wet/freezing weather with drum rear brakes.
(disk brakes are not affected)
The moisture in the air can condense in the warm drum and freeze the shoes to the drum.
But, that's a pretty narrow margin of weather conditions to make that happen.
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I Always use it, I also put the car in gear, I have a mtx-75 too. My reasoning is so the car doesnt start moving if I forget that its not engaged when I try and start it.

Only thing is it may take some abuse if a tow truck decides your car should be towed, and the driver doesnt care to check. I know my e-brake will stop the car from moving with just a light amount of force, but if the car is pulled the wheels will spin without squealing, so if its getting towed it(depending on the way its towed) it could be hard on the car.
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e-brake is bad if you just came off a drive that really heats your rotors up. The gasses get trapped between the pad and rotor when you park and apply the e-brake. I would only use it if you are on a incline/decline, where keeping it in reverse for manual ,park for auto is going to keep too much force on the gears.
Hmmm, on rear disc breaks, isn't the ebrake just a sorta variation on a brake drum? Little shoes that come out and engage against an inside lip of the rotor? At least that's how it was on the 1993 Town Car I worked on that had rear disc.
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here in SC you'll need it mainly b/c you will roll in some direction
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Hmmm, on rear disc breaks, isn't the ebrake just a sorta variation on a brake drum? Little shoes that come out and engage against an inside lip of the rotor? At least that's how it was on the 1993 Town Car I worked on that had rear disc.
No on the foci it actually uses the rear calipers..
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Ah. Hmmm, I always thought that was a bad design for many reasons. Rotor warpage comes to mind.
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Using the parking brake is a good thing, especially with an automatic.
The parking pawl (or pin) while being strong can still get worn quite a bit by not using the parking brake.
Especially if the car is allowed to rock against it before it locks up.
For ATX guys, this is all you need to know. lol.

Took the words right out of my mouth....er, type or whatever
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