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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 19th January 2009
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The gal handbook says ALWAYS start with clutch depressed due to being fitted with a dual mass flywheel.

NO IDEA why that should make a difference, But Its habit now to do it lol
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Originally Posted by madnoel10 View Post
Maybe time to consult the highway code. It clearly recommends when parking.

1. Park close to the kerb and apply the handbrake firmly
select a forward gear and turn your steering wheel away from the kerb when facing uphill
2. Select reverse gear and turn your steering wheel towards the kerb when facing downhill
I actually do that stuff, but you do realise it all dates from the period when handbrake cables were made of horsehair.

It's like the way in which stopping distances haven't been reduced since the days you had to throw an anchor out the window...
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To be fair, part of our works car park is on a slope, and cars were parking up with the handbrakes applied but not all in gear.

We had half a dozen incidents of cars rolling back into to site road, after the brakes had cooled.

All of them were Renaults (mainly because that area is mostly company cars, that are all Renaults)
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The parking guidelines set out by the Highway Code are probably more appropriate now than ever. Since they were written there has been one big change in the design of brakes. As more cars now have disc operated handbrakes the liklihood of a car drifting off when the handbrake is applied is much higher.
With the old drum style brakes when the drum contracted as it cooled the pressure applied increased its grip on the linings whereas the opposite is true when it comes to disc brakes as when they cool and contract the pressure on the pads decreases.
If memory serves me correctly there is a member of the forum who returned to his van and found it had drifed off on its own down a hill

In all honesty I prefer to ensure my handbrake is firmly applied and the car in gear and wheels pointed to the kerb where appropriate. I would dread to think what would happen if my car rolled up a pavement and struck an innocent pedestrian especially a mother and/or child.
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