Parking brake

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by scot, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. scot

    scot New Member

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    I collected my new CLC on Friday and with regard to the hand / park brake, I was told that it was not necessary to use it with an automatic as leaving it in park was more than adequate, ( somthing to do with the diff )except on steep hills. Any views on this please.
    Regards Scot.
     
  2. Olivier

    Olivier Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Roger replyed to this a wee while ago:
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    Originally Posted by Geezer [​IMG]
    Foot hand brake. What a waste of space!

    You don't mean you rely on Park? You really shouldn't you know...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parking_pawl
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    Beetnik Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I've not heard of anyone having a transmission failure due to a broken parking pawl. Perhaps the mechanics on here could further enlighten us?
     
  4. Howard

    Howard MB Club Veteran

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    I was under the impression that when you put it in P , a little ( and i mean little ) clip engages .

    Do you want to risk your car rolling off should this fail , or if someone should bump you and snap it ?

    Putting the footbrake on is no hardship is it ?
     
  5. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

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    The parking pawl is a sizable piece of metal and the gear teeth it engages with are chamfered so it will jump if the load is too great or a shock load is applied.
     
  6. Uberwagon

    Uberwagon Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I never use it on my driveway but always when parked in a public area due to the worry of the shock load you mention.

    Also once when I was in Old Couldon I drove up Caterham hill and ended up having to stop due to roadworks. I put it in park and THEN applied the parking brake, it was bloody hard to get it out of park again as you now have a side load keeping the teeth, dogs, pin etc in place, so parking brake first, then into park on steep hills.

    Dave!
     
  7. Meldrew2

    Meldrew2 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Because of a knee injury, the same reason that I drive an automatic, I have never used the foot operated parking brake on either of my MLs, present or past, or on my C.

    While I bow to the greater knowledge of many forumites (having never even heard of a parking pawl), I have had no problems in 6 years.....
     
  8. 3 phase

    3 phase Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Just try using a foot parking brake with a manual gearbox clutch whilst doing a hill start up a 1 in 4 in a queue of traffic such as our local underground car park exit. Great fun, I now tap dance better than Brucie.
     
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