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I was wondering what you guys do when you park? I normally have the handbrake on and leave my car in 2nd gear. Obviously this only applies in Manual tranny.

Am I at the risk of wrecking something? I have done this all the time for almost 3 years now
 

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On my manual, I put it in neutral w/parking brake set. On my auto, I put it in neutral, set the brake, then put it in park.
 

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natskiboy said:
I was wondering what you guys do when you park? I normally have the handbrake on and leave my car in 2nd gear. Obviously this only applies in Manual tranny.

Am I at the risk of wrecking something? I have done this all the time for almost 3 years now
The manual says 1st or reverse. I believe that the idea is to leave it in the shortest gear possible as that is hardest to move when stop so it will act like a parking brake. You should also leave the parking brake on.

I think you would be better in 1st or reverse than 2nd
 

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I always leave it in 1st gear and put the handbrake on. There is no risk of wrecking something if you leave the car in gear. There is more risk if you leave it in neutral because the car could roll away on its own. Uphill or downhill doesn't matter, as long as the car is in gear it won't roll away.
 

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For automatics: I notice that it's pretty easy to roll or rock the car back and forth a few inches if you just lean against the bumper with the car in park but without the handbrake on. I imagine this is bad for the tranny or axle, especially when parked on a hill. Am I right?
 

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I leave it in 1st, no e-brake unless I'm on a hill. Comes from years of living in upstate NY where your rusty e-brake cables would freeze in place during the winter.
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NVL said:
I leave it in 1st, no e-brake unless I'm on a hill. Comes from years of living in upstate NY where your rusty e-brake cables would freeze in place during the winter.
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Same - I grew up in north-eastern British Columbia where a frozen brake cable was always very expensive to fix, so first gear (reverse if facing down hill) and no e-brake.
 

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Petra Passat said:
NVL said:
I leave it in 1st, no e-brake unless I'm on a hill. Comes from years of living in upstate NY where your rusty e-brake cables would freeze in place during the winter.
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Same - I grew up in north-eastern British Columbia where a frozen brake cable was always very expensive to fix, so first gear (reverse if facing down hill) and no e-brake.
So you moved to Calgary where it is warmer??? :wink:
 

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I put it in 1st gear and with clutch depressed and right foot on brakes, I cut engine. I then pull hand brake and let go of brake pedal, then clutch. I also turn sterring wheel to 11 o-clock before cutting eigine so I can lock it easy (1 o-clock also works).
 

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Jesstzn said:
Petra Passat said:
NVL said:
I leave it in 1st, no e-brake unless I'm on a hill. Comes from years of living in upstate NY where your rusty e-brake cables would freeze in place during the winter.
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Same - I grew up in north-eastern British Columbia where a frozen brake cable was always very expensive to fix, so first gear (reverse if facing down hill) and no e-brake.
So you moved to Calgary where it is warmer??? :wink:
:roll: Yeah, at least here the chinooks bring the temperature above 0 C, up there the odd chinook we got only brought the temperature up to the negative single digits.
 

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NVL wrote:
I leave it in 1st, no e-brake unless I'm on a hill. Comes from years of living in upstate NY where your rusty e-brake cables would freeze in place during the winter.
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My limited experience has been that the e-brake cable has a tendancy to sieze when it is rarely used rather than frequently used.
 

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JDigga said:
I usually park in 1st gear when flat or uphill, and reverse when downhill. My logic is if the handbrake were to somehow fail, then the transmission would keep the car from rolling away.
my thoughts exactly, i've been doing this since day one
 

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I think 1st, 2nd, and Reverse act as the "park" gear in the automatic trannies... if you leave it in any other gear, the pin does not engage to lock the front wheel. And of course the emergency brake is the back up.
 

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I leave it in whatever gear i was it when i parked and always pull the ebrake. Even if i am driveing a different car with a foot ebrake out of habit i always go to pull the ebrake when i park.
 
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