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Old 08-27-2008, 09:21 PM
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Random E-Brake question

Ok - I know that if you don't use your e-brake alot it can seize up and rust and all that, especially in the automatics with the e-brake handle. It can even happen in manuals if you put your car in gear instead of using your e-brake...

but does this happen on the e-brakes that have the pedal? like fords, Pontiacs, etc...?

I have seen people in automatics use their e-brakes, which is smart because then the brake wont seize up and rust, but would you need to do this with the floor pedal e brakes as well?
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:19 PM
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Re: Random E-Brake question

I'm assuming that although the way you engage the E-brake is different on certain cars, the mechanics of it all should be the same. So what happens or doesnt happen to one, should or shouldnt happen to the other. Ya know?


What I do know is that if you use your E-brake in the winter time, it can freeze up...Thats why I never use it in the winter time. I like my car to move...
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Re: Random E-Brake question

Jesse's on the money, while the "handle" is different the mechanism is the same.
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Re: Random E-Brake question

That's what I always assumed, there would be a cable and all the mechanism would work and function in the same way.

I just didn't know because it's a pedal as compared to the handle.

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Re: Random E-Brake question

hold up ur saying if im on a hill and i put my car in first it wont move? im so confused...i thought u always had to use the ebrake..im not trying to be a smartass..this is a real question lol
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Re: Random E-Brake question

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hold up ur saying if im on a hill and i put my car in first it wont move? im so confused...i thought u always had to use the ebrake..im not trying to be a smartass..this is a real question lol
No, I believe they were talking about not using it during the winter (I guess it gets mad cold where they're from). I always use my e-brake as well as put it in 1st or reverse. I live where it's humid most of the year.
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Re: Random E-Brake question

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Thats why I never use it in the winter time. I like my car to move...
i use mine allllll the time in the winter, with zero problems. especially when there's at least 4 inches of white powedery stuff on the ground, and NOOOO one on the road


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hold up ur saying if im on a hill and i put my car in first it wont move? im so confused...i thought u always had to use the ebrake..im not trying to be a smartass..this is a real question lol
good question. the answer is no, it won't move (to an extent). cuz once the car is turned off and you put it in gear, the motor is whats preventing the car from rolling back, since the engine is off. make sense?
now i won't recommend you ONLY leave it in gear on like a 70* incline, cuz there's only so much it can take w/o rolling back.
keeping the car in gear (on a hill) is just another preventative measure, in addition to teh e-brake, to make sure the car doesn't roll anywhere.
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Re: Random E-Brake question

the brake is also used to prevent damage to the gearing in your trans when you're on an incline of any sort. I would use it, it's there for a reason. yeah.
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Re: Random E-Brake question

both neck and ogs are right - I use both when on an incline - but only use the e-brake when im not threatened by the vehicle rolling anywhere (parking lots etc...)

its also best to use your e-brake because like i was asking in the first posts, the cable will seize and rust and then you got some massive issues when you pull your e-brake handle for the last time...
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Re: Random E-Brake question

I have a e brake pedal in my van. I've had issues w/ the cables locking up twice. once on each side. rebuilding rear drum brakes is NOT fun, the cables are cheaper too lol.
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Re: Random E-Brake question

I live in Colorado (currently Texas) during the winter, and I have no trouble at all with e-brakes in the winter time.

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