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Old 01-02-2004, 01:43 PM   #11
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lol... but I have rear disc brakes...
Its farly flat where I live anyway...
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lol... but I have rear disc brakes...
Its farly flat where I live anyway...
so do I... and your point?
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Old 01-02-2004, 03:11 PM   #13
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oh yea I forgot, I thought you had drum brakes.
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Umm it'* still not a power system, and disc or drum you're pretty much screwed either way. I've actually heard drums are better for parking brakes.

If you're going to use it, use it all the time so it stays movable, otherwise it'* pretty much worthless. Yes i like not having the stress on the tranny, and i don't want to rely on just that to keep the car still.
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BTW, the E-Brake in all intentions was intended as both a parking break and an emergency break if your regular service breaks were to fail.. ever tried stopping with just that though? You won't be stopping anytime soon.
It'* supposed to be parking AND emergency? no way.. serious?

Man... if you pull that going 100kph, you'd stop 3kms down the road.... when you started to go uphill.... lol... at least in my 91.
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Man... if you pull that going 100kph, you'd stop 3kms down the road.... when you started to go uphill.... lol... at least in my 91.
Something'* wrong with it then

... parking, emergency brake, same functions. Just the fact that our foot-operated ones are gonna be a bit weird to use than a hand-operated one when you're going 100km/h

It'* scary to see people who don't use the parking brake... park their car on a hill, then see their car slide those few inches until the tranny holds the car. It'* not good for the transmission, I believe? The parking/emergency brake is always used in my case. I've heard that by not using it, the cables, etc can seize up from lack of use.
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BTW, the E-Brake in all intentions was intended as both a parking break and an emergency break if your regular service breaks were to fail.. ever tried stopping with just that though? You won't be stopping anytime soon.
It'* supposed to be parking AND emergency? no way.. serious?

Man... if you pull that going 100kph, you'd stop 3kms down the road.... when you started to go uphill.... lol... at least in my 91.
Actually, if you remember back to your driver education course (you, uh, did take one in high school...right??), they taught you how to use it to stop the car efficiently when the regular brakes fail...

Remember? Hold the brake release and depress the e-brake, letting off occasionally to help keep it cool??
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It manually activates the rear brakes, which produce 20-30% of your stopping power. It doesn't rely on brake fluid and brake cylinders. It'* still good if you lose it all.
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Had to use it once while driving the 91 years back.... brakes failed.... it took a while to stop the car.... actually the brakes failed while I was merging from one highway to another, so I used the e-brake on/off to slow me down, merge, get across the overpass and then pull off to the side and stop.

This was many moons ago, around 7yrs ago, and if I remember correctly it was because the shop screwed up. (It was only a few minutes out of the shop when the brakes failed).
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Just a new guy here but your parking brake aka emergency brake should alway be functional.
I just bought my first Bonnie drums on back 1990 se the e-brake works fine checked all the pads/ shoes 75 percent wear left on them no leaks on lines or slave cylinders/calipers.
This should be a basic check up for any new or used car or truck. Also own a 1994 chevy s10 crew cab 4by4, 1993 ford ranger super cab, 1984 bronco II 4by4 and 1994 cavalier convertible.
Yes they all run and I do all the work myself except for the new one let the dealler take care of that .
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