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Old 7th January 2012   #1
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'Stolen' Car Parks Itself In Garage

A car that went missing and was feared stolen has been found after parking itself in a garage and closing the door behind it....

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We've had cars in the car park at work roll off when the brakes have cooled
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We've had cars in the car park at work roll off when the brakes have cooled
I've been paranoid about that ever since I got a car with rear discs! (why? bragging rights? the rear brakes do naff all anyway - I'd rather have drums) I always park in gear, wheels toward the kerb in rolling direction where nobody else ever seems to bother. Am I mad?

Incidentally, this thread got me thinking - how does the handbrake on a Citroen Xantia (the only car I can think of with the handbrake on the front wheels) work? Surely the cable length has to change as you steer?!
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Saabs used to have the handbrake on the front wheels back in the days of the 99 at least.....iirc there was a lever that actuated the piston in the caliper, the cable length wouldn't matter as long as the outer also moved with the caliper/hub
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Saabs used to have the handbrake on the front wheels back in the days of the 99 at least.....iirc there was a lever that actuated the piston in the caliper, the cable length wouldn't matter as long as the outer also moved with the caliper/hub
As did pre-facelift 900s, the Alfasud and 'early' Subarus, apparently - a pretty short list though. I figured it wouldn't use a totally standard cabling rig.

I know why they did it with the Xantia - there's not enough clearance at the back due to the underslung rear suspension, the others are a mystery; just to be different? It would scupper showing off by doing a handbrake turn though; I guess the Xantia probably isn't popular with boy-racers Well, unless you like reversing!
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