Tag: parking brakes

24 Posts

Will driving with the parking brake on cause brake failure
Mar 03, 2015

Did Julia Cause Brake Failure?

Dear Car Talk

Julia's brakes failed, and she had heard that driving with the parking brake on can cause the brakes to give out. Is that what happened to her? See Car Talk's answer and post your own guess, here.

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Holding the button while applying the parking brake
Jul 18, 2013

Husband Vs. Wife: The Grating Parking Brake

Dear Car Talk

Today, Carolyn writes in to ask Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She hates the sound the parking brake makes when it engages. Carolyn's logic is that since you can avoid the the sound by holding in the release button while you engage the brake, this must be better for the car somehow. Her husband doesn't seem to care. Get Tom and Ray's verdict on this important topic, right here.

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Should you always use the parking brake
Jul 04, 2013

Should Parking Brake Use Be a Habit?

Dear Car Talk

Kimi and her husband just bought a car with manual transmission for their son. They disagree about when it's necessary to set the parking brake so they've turned to Tom and Ray to settle the question. Tom offers this life advice: Floss your teeth, call your mother once a week and use your parking brake. 

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Is it better to put the car in park or use the hand brake first
Jun 13, 2013

Click and Clack, Marriage Counselors

Dear Car Talk

Cat needs Tom and Ray to settle a dispute that she and her husband are having about the parking brake. She sets the brake when the car is already in park; he applies the brake, then shifts to park. What's the right way to do it? And can this marriage survive? Find out what Tom and Ray think, right here.

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will i harm the emergency brake by using it every day
Apr 16, 2013

An Emergency Brake By Any Other Name . . .

Dear Car Talk

Today: Tom and Ray try to enlighten Todd, an emergency brake over-user, about the error of his ways. Find out why it's not a great idea to use this brake for regular stopping, and why it's really called the "parking brake", right here.

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is there a proper series of steps to park on a hill
Sep 12, 2012

Bad News for Lynnay: Her Mother Is Right

Dear Car Talk

Lynnay's mother is adamant that there is a right way to park, and equally adamant that Lynnay is doing it wrong. Tom and Ray explain how the transmission and the parking brake work together and weigh in on whether Lynnay is really destroying her transmission like mommy dearest says.

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what is the advantage of drum brakes
Jul 01, 2010

Why do manufacturers still use drum brakes?

Dear Car Talk

All of the cheapest cars these days seem to have drum brakes on the rear instead of disc brakes. But drum brakes have more parts than disc brakes, and are much harder to assemble (I know from experience). You'd think...

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effects of driving with the emergency brake on
Jul 01, 2009

Today: the consequences of driving with the emergency brake on.

Dear Car Talk

Last week, I was cleaning the interior of my '04 Ford Escape. To reach a part of the console between the two front seats, I had to raise the emergency-brake lever. Stupidly, I forgot that I had done so, and...

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The correct way to park on a hill
Jun 01, 2009

Barbara learns the hard way, the right way to park on a hill.

Dear Car Talk

In January, I visited the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I parked on a slightly sloping street in Golden Gate Park, locked the car and went off to the museum. When I returned to my car, I noticed...

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Jun 01, 2008

Amy confesses to some bad parking brake behavior.

Dear Car Talk

Twice now, I have left a late-evening rehearsal without releasing the parking brake on my 2007 Toyota Corolla Matrix, and driven 10 miles home (50 mph on the freeway most of the way) before discovering my ridiculous error. Please tell me what horrible...

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