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Do you trust your emergency brake..

Do you trust your emergency brake to hold your car reliably on a slope? I'm not sure that I would. The brake units are very small drums on the rear hubs that work with shoes - very much like the regular brakes of yesteryear.

I know from experience that it is possible to move away from being stationary with this brake applied - and a warning message is then displayed at the cluster.

Of course, those of us with AT will always leave our cars in P. But considering the weight of my car, I reckon that this (hand/foot) brake is pretty useless...
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I always set mine if I am parked on any type of slope but I don't completely trust it either. I do this with my other cars also. It seems like they grab better if I try to move in reverse than in drive.

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Kept in proper condition - drum surface, shoes, adjustment - the emergency brake is actually decent in these cars. Just like any other part of a car, the emergency brake needs to be serviced to keep it functioning properly. I believe, though, that emergency brake service is overlooked on a great many cars. On average, emergency brakes on most foreign cars were superior to those on U.S. cars for many years.
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My car will roll on flat ground with the brake applied... I still set it to keep stress off the drivetrain, though.
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