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Old 07-12-2019, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default Sometimes forget to release Parking Brake

Most of the time I am parked on flat surfaces and I don't need to apply the Parking Brake even when I leave it running in neutral. Sometimes when I am on a slight grade I pull the brake just to make sure the car does not move. The problem is that I don't set the brake hard and I sometimes start driving down the road with the Parking Brake lightly on. As I drive I feel the car dragging along and I realize the brake is on and release it. I have gotten out and felt the hubs and they are usually quite warm, but not burning hot.

My modern car has a light on the dash that reminds me when the parking brake is on, but this car does not. I hate to say it, but I am thinking I almost need to wire a switch and a light like a modern car. The other option is to set the parking brake HARD to prevent the car from moving unless it has been released.

Is there anyone else out there that has had this problem?
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:36 PM   #2
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I’ve had it happen to me although I discovered it fairly quickly.I now pull it on hard so I can feel it if I forget.Also I turn the gas off whenever I park,(30 Tudor ) ,and the Park brake handle is real close to the gas valve so it’s a good time to check it while turning on the gas
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: Sometimes forget to release Parking Brake

I do the same thing every once in a while but discover it quickly. My Roadster has the early 28 left hand brake which can be overlooked unlike the brake by the shutoff valve as Dennis was saying.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:05 AM   #4
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Iíve had it happen to me although I discovered it fairly quickly.I now pull it on hard so I can feel it if I forget.Also I turn the gas off whenever I park,(30 Tudor ) ,and the Park brake handle is real close to the gas valve so itís a good time to check it while turning on the gas
Iíve done the same thing at times. So now I do the same thing as Dennis Lumbert. Apply the parking brake all the way so youíre car doesnít move when you take off. Easy fix
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:16 AM   #5
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Sounds like a 'pre-flight/post-flight' check list is in order.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:28 AM   #6
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Sounds like a 'pre-flight/post-flight' check list is in order.
I have one of those but I can't remember where I put it. So when I find it I will make a note reminding me where it is and tape the note to the inside of my windshield, then complain because some jerk left a post it note on my windshield. Phew! Chap
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:41 AM   #7
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LOL ! I can relate ! I can't remember why all my fingers are wrapped up in those strings.
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