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Old 11-01-2018, 07:23 PM
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Being w/o a parking brake reminds me of my first car, a 62 Chrysler New Port. It also had the parking brake on the rear of the trannie, but an internal type instead of an external band, like the older cars. It was worn out, so it wouldn't hold the car anymore, and that transmission (push button) had no Park. Because it didn't affect the regular brakes, and because I would have to crawl under the car and drop the driveshaft to fix it, I just kept a wheel chock handy in the front seat area. I'd open the door, set it out, then let the car roll slowly forward or back depending on the direction the road slanted, and then reverse the process when I was leaving.
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Old 11-01-2018, 07:38 PM
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Good story, bob w.


I've had brake failure twice in my life and the E-brake saved my skin both times.

Those incidents were many years ago... anyhow, if either of those incidents were to happen today and I knowingly excluded a functioning E-brake, I'd expect to pay heavily due to words like "negligence", "liability" and "culpability". (Insurance agents, lawyers and morticians make their living on those words.)

In my awkward way, I'm simply trying to say, don't tempt fate. Make the car as safe as you know how, don't cut corners, don't "wake up dead" and never invite litigation to your table.

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Old 11-02-2018, 06:51 PM
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me also Dr. both times with single reservoir masters, one of the first things on this Mack was a working parking brake
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:29 PM
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You are thinking of the Emergency brake as just that; a brake that will save you in an emergency, [to keep the lawyers, insurance agents, and morticians at bay]. I'm not making light of this idea, it's important; but I'd like to add more to it. If you also think of this secondary system as a parking brake, you will use it quite a few times a day, and each time you will be thankful that you had the forethought, [or spirited advice] to add this brake to your car. It is also important to be comfortable in your car and not annoyed at your own corner-cutting.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:34 AM
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At the garage I go to I mentioned emergency brake and was corrected that it is a parking brake. Back in the day they were called emergency brakes but somewhere along the line the name was change to parking brake. Jim
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:10 AM
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Good story, bob w.


I've had brake failure twice in my life and the E-brake saved my skin both times.

Those incidents were many years ago... anyhow, if either of those incidents were to happen today and I knowingly excluded a functioning E-brake, I'd expect to pay heavily due to words like "negligence", "liability" and "culpability". (Insurance agents, lawyers and morticians make their living on those words.)

In my awkward way, I'm simply trying to say, don't tempt fate. Make the car as safe as you know how, don't cut corners, don't "wake up dead" and never invite litigation to your table.

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You are thinking of the Emergency brake as just that; a brake that will save you in an emergency, [to keep the lawyers, insurance agents, and morticians at bay]. I'm not making light of this idea, it's important; but I'd like to add more to it. If you also think of this secondary system as a parking brake, you will use it quite a few times a day, and each time you will be thankful that you had the forethought, [or spirited advice] to add this brake to your car. It is also important to be comfortable in your car and not annoyed at your own corner-cutting.
Well said, fellas!
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:52 PM
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Here in the rust belt I'll bet half the car 7 years or older do not have a working parking brake. They simply corrode to the point of being non-functional. You either have to use it all the time or not at all. Apply a parking brake that hasn't been used for a while and there's a good chance you'll be on a flat bed getting towed to a repair shop because it wouldn't release.

I'm pretty slow witted; if the brakes went out I wouldn't even think to step on that little pedal next to the kick panel. I'd just go blasting into that gas transport tanker serenely while my passengers were screaming their lungs out.
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