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Old 11-03-2003, 09:26 PM   #1
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Is this dangerous??

Is power braking or spinning your wheels or whatever you want to call it bad for your car,engine,wheels etc..??


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of course, putting serious load on the motor...and if your power braking with an auto...that burns/oxidized the shit outta the fluid. after a minute or so your fluid was knocked down to nothing and could result in tranny failure.
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Is power braking holding the e-brake and pressing the accelerator at the same time?
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Is power braking holding the e-brake and pressing the accelerator at the same time?
nah, just one foot on the brake, one on the gas.
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:33 PM   #5
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Why would someone do this?
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:39 PM   #6
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i would never do it on my focus but i do it on my beater car and was just wondering!
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Why would someone do this?
Its done on automagic transmissions. Powerbraking allows the driver to bring the revs up before the torque-converter stalls, allowing for a little better of a launch.
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Old 11-04-2003, 03:50 AM   #8
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Are you for real? You can't be serious. Of course it's an EXELLENT idea! It promotes engine, tire and transmissoin longevity.
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Old 11-04-2003, 01:51 PM   #9
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Originally posted by Infra3sv Is power braking holding the e-brake and pressing the accelerator at the same time?
Just a quick post about doing this.....

While Power Braking an automatic as everyone is talking about it here refers to holding the brake and the gas to get a good launch...

LET ME JUST SAY....

For those of you who are new to racing, or just simply showing off in an (EMPTY!!) Parking lot.... My advice is make sure you know what your about to do.... If you hold the brake and the gas on a RWD vehicle chances are you won't do the horrific damage that you would on a FWD car... I have a 66 Plymouth belvedere with a 318 Poly, trust me holding the brake and mashing the gas can produce a hellacious Burnout, and one bitchen Smoke Show..

Doing this on my FWD 2001 Focus can also cause a smoke show, JUST NOT THE KIND YOU WANT!!

why??

Most newer FWD cars use 65%-85% braking power at the front wheels. Since all the weight is in the front; the front brakes do the most work. (This really doesn't apply to standards since all you do there is take the car up to 3500-4800 and pop the clutch... But I will get to that.. ) Translation = All the STOPPING power is on the DRIVING wheels... So if the wheels are locked nice and tight and your brakes are in good shape, THERE NOT GOING TO SPIN!! However, the transmission is going to apply a large amount of torque, to the drive-shafts... But since the wheels aren't moving and the transmission is... Something is going to have to give... The problem is all to often the axle loses the battle. I have even seen on RARE occasions damage to the brake system when you have ABS or permanent TransAxle Damage... The whole shebang needed to be replaced. If you want to do this kind of stuff and you have an automatic.. Get a Trans-Brake. There is a company coming out with one soon.. Granted you need more then just a simple Trans-Brake but that is a Key component.

Now I know that some might be saying well wait, you put the whole E-Brake quote up top, what was the point if you are talking about power-braking???

*****WARNING*****

The surgeon general has reported that holding the E-Brake and punching the Gas is the leading cause of Power-Train Failure in automatic AND Manual FWD cars. That are for the most part mild-setups..

Seriously though, as tempting as it is to do this, and as much as people may try and tell you that this won't do anything.. THEY ARE WRONG!!
First off your again submitting you car to harsh loads that a normal car was never meant to handle. If someone spends the $$$ and builds up the Trans-Axle, brakes, suspension and engine to handle this then sit back with the camera or Cam-Corder and enjoy the show... But If you just tossed an Intake, exhaust and a sport chip in your car... It doesn't mean you can rush out to the mall parking lot and bake some rubber with a crowd of people. And for those of you who are right now saying, "yeah okay, I have a 5/6 Speed and I lock the E-Brake, Rev-Up, dump the clutch and do a nasty smoke show, and my car is fine.." Good for you, you may get away with it a few times. Cars aren't meant to handle it, it doesn't mean that one time and there toast.. All I am saying is that there is a great deal of damage being done to your car. And if you have an automatic and try doing this then your really in for a surprise. (by the way, if in any of this, your putting your car in N and revving up, then Slamming it into D then stop reading this now cause you have no chance of saving anything in your car...

Anyway, that's all I have to say... Sorry this is diesel long but you know what, If one person learned something from this it is worth it... And remember, this .. .

You may think that nothing is wrong, but Just cause you can't see the damage or even feel it right now....

That doesn't prove the damage hasn't been done........
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Old 11-04-2003, 06:31 PM   #10
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Crap.. That takes away all my fun.. I only rev up to around 2000-2500 when I do it is that still to much? I only do it in water since thats the only time they will spin (I think) If I only rev around 2k and in water is it still going to do pretty bad damage?
Thanks for the heads-up I didnt think it would really to much.. didnt think the engine had enough power to really ruin the driveline.

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Edit: Next time I'll buy a manual, I just didnt want a manual for my first and only car (would be a hassle having to shift ALL the time IMO).
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