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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Quick Manual Trans Question

I'm looking into buying a car with a stick, but the parking brake isnt function ATM. The guy says he just leaves it in 1st and it doesnt roll or anything. I don't know anything about manuals(I'm going to learn how to drive it on this car) - so, is it fine without the brake? Could you park on a hill and leave it in 1st and be fine? Does it wear the clutch anymore than normal? Thanks...

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You can leave it in first and on a relatively flat surface, it won't roll. Even at a slight incline, it won't roll. But I wouldn't trust it.

Back when my old turbo Eclipse had a bad starter, I'd start it by rolling it a good 5-10 mph and then popping it into 2nd and popping the clutch. That was enough to get it started.

I've never tested how much of an incline would be too much for the car to be in gear only, so I just wanted to give you that little bit of info to let you know that it doesn't take that much to turn the engine.
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Big, big question, how many miles on the car? An engine with a lot of miles will have lower compression and parking it on a hill in gear it will start to creep away on you. I've had it happen and it just recently happened to my neighbor. He had this old beater parked in the driveway next door and I caught the car as it was lurching out of the driveway. He ran out just as I held the car. and its not that steep of an incline either. E-brake on a stick is a must not an option.
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It's usually pretty easy to fix a parking brake problem. But yes an emergency brake is a necessity with a manual.
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My dad used to use the e-brake and 1st gear to keep his old '68 Stingray parked. I think he left it in 1st while the car sat in the garage unused for over a year, and the e-brake was frozen with rust. Although, that motor was not old. I think the one that was in it when he sold the car had 60,000 miles on it (third motor, we bought it in the early 80's when it was chaotic mess in seven different colors LOL).

Worse comes to worse, park it on level ground (or as best as you can) and use wheel chocks.

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Just remember that without the E-brake you can never leave your car running to warm up on a cold day or run into the house to grab something you forgot

Too much of a pain in the butt for me but like it was said already usually they are easily repairable with nothing more than a cable change so it all depends on how cheap he is selling the car for
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I use my ebrake about 30 times a day (probably more).........to hold the car at stop lights (I'm too lazy to hold in the clutch, so I put it in neutral)........also to slide sideways into parking spots in snow filled parking lots ;)

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One thing left out of this until now, is the State inspection. I can speak of NY specifically, but I can almost guarantee that all states probably inspect the operation of the e-brake and won't pass without it working.

Its a little suprising that it doesn't work on a stick shift car. At least on an automatic, where it gets very little use, I've seen plenty that have frozen up. That tells me the previous owner(s) weren't using it. Hell, I had a 1989 Chevy C1500 with a stick for 4 years that I traded in 2003 and the e-brake worked flawlessly.

BTW, how about a little info on the car in question. Maybe someone has some knowledge about it and any other info to watch out for.
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That's true about the state inspection. NJ will fail you if the e-brake doesn't work, They failed our Stingray for it.
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