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Old 06-28-2002, 12:50 AM
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Parking on a hill

Dumb question....

When you park on a slope and engage the park/emerg brake, what are you doing? Does it engage the rear brakes? Front? I had to have my front rotors replaced (after about 10K) because the mechanic told me if I engage the park/emerg brake with the brakes hot I would warp the rotors. That sounded goofy. I try and use the park brake a lot to relieve any strain on my transmission - car in neutral then park brake on.


Mark E.
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2 X 1997 C280
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Old 06-28-2002, 01:31 AM
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On all I've worked on, parking brakes were drums in the rear hub, totally separate system from the four wheel discs. Your mechanic sounds full of bovine scatology. New models may vary.
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Old 06-28-2002, 01:44 AM
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your mechanic is certainly full of 'IT'. first of all i know of no cars with the parking brake on the front. most cars have disk brake on the front and parking brakes usually use drums of some sort on the back. always use your parking brakes. The engineers at stuttgart did not design the parking brakes to warp the rotors when used.
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Old 06-28-2002, 02:45 AM
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Yes keep using your parking brake, especially on a grade. Why your rotors needed replaced on the fronts was a seperate issue. The parking brake system "clamps" the rear rotors only. The advice he gave you was completely ridiculous!
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