View Full Version : M6 people, when you park Ebrake or leave in gear?


BLK85
07-16-2008, 11:41 PM
Just curious about the people with manuals if you leave it in gear or pull the ebrake when you park somewhere.

I personally usually just leave it in gear unless Im on a steap incline and want to be sure it wont move.

CrabhartLS1
07-16-2008, 11:41 PM
I use the e-brake every time just to be safe.

Sarge_13
07-16-2008, 11:41 PM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.

djsanchez2
07-16-2008, 11:54 PM
E-brake.

Vendetta
07-17-2008, 12:02 AM
Both every time, that's how my pops taught me when I first learned to drive stick and it's just habit by now.

blue98Z
07-17-2008, 12:07 AM
E-brake unless I'm on an incline then both.

McNord
07-17-2008, 12:24 AM
Both ;)

cascadesys
07-17-2008, 12:51 AM
Both just to be safe

BigPapi61
07-17-2008, 12:54 AM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.


Roger that

nrs2420
07-17-2008, 12:54 AM
I do both.

Which gear do you leave it in?

01 Trans-Am WS6
07-17-2008, 01:04 AM
E-Brake unless on an incline

bamalt1
07-17-2008, 01:05 AM
I always did both no matter the situation.

DarkblueTA
07-17-2008, 01:53 AM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.


x2 for ya

Vndcatr
07-17-2008, 02:14 AM
Both for me as well ...1st gear

johnLs1camaro
07-17-2008, 02:15 AM
i do both,with any car i drive thats a manual...

Tyler_LS1
07-17-2008, 02:15 AM
Both here just to be safe

Justin00SS
07-17-2008, 02:15 AM
Why is then even a question? There is no wear to leaving it in gear and its just extra insurance to pull the e-brake.

No harm in doing both and it takes an extra .00025 secs to do so. lol

94TRANS
07-17-2008, 02:16 AM
everyone i know does both, i have an A4 and use the E brake? dont know why but is just a habit to pull it when i park

Justin00SS
07-17-2008, 02:18 AM
I did that too in my v6 mustang that was auto. But that was because it was right there a close. In my sonoma auto I didn't because you had to step on the parking brake. lol fuck that.

Revelation Z28
07-17-2008, 02:21 AM
im in neutral and e brake when in a lot thats level. other than that i put it in 1st or ill pop it in R with the e brake.

78novacaine
07-17-2008, 02:23 AM
i always just use my e-brake, i have a bad habit of forgetting it is in gear, and dropping the clutch when i start the car, so it helps avoid some embarrasment, plus, in houston, it's not like i have to worry about the e-brake not being able to hold on a "steep" incline, lol

black_phoenix
07-17-2008, 02:30 AM
i dont put the car in gear anymore, just ebrake,
most of the time i forget the car is in gear and let out the clutch... LOL i know...

myfast70
07-17-2008, 02:32 AM
Both. No more effort to just leave it in gear once parked.

razorclaw99
07-17-2008, 03:35 AM
both..

Mad-Max
07-17-2008, 04:43 AM
both just to play it safe

BlkBird2000
07-17-2008, 06:29 AM
I use the e-brake only. I hate holding my foot on the clutch when i'm messin with shit in my car like I always do when I get it. My mom left it in first once. I started it and let out of the clutch and almost ran into the air compressor.

Z28/2002
07-17-2008, 07:38 AM
I let it in gear unless on a incline/decline, then used both

AxisOfOil
07-17-2008, 08:10 AM
set the ebrake, let it lock up the wheels, then put it in gear. just in case.

Jigen
07-17-2008, 09:30 AM
I put it in gear and use the e-brake.

SS#1531
07-17-2008, 09:51 AM
E-brake only, unless I'm on an incline, then I use both.

Emerald Phoenix
07-17-2008, 09:56 AM
Both, every time. It sure beats digging it out of the woods.

RsSean
07-17-2008, 09:59 AM
Never use the E-brake. No big inclines here in Florida to even consider using it. The car would really need a lot of force to move while in gear. E-brakes are over rated.

01CamaroZ28
07-17-2008, 10:45 AM
use the ebrake unless its a steep incline then i use both

CAMAROZ28SS
07-17-2008, 10:47 AM
Both every time, that's how my pops taught me when I first learned to drive stick and it's just habit by now.

X2 :pimp:

krazy4
07-17-2008, 10:53 AM
I put it in first and rip the e-brake.

the_merv
07-17-2008, 11:05 AM
First..then let it roll the weight onto the Drivetrain, then pull the E-break.

HOTRODKEV
07-17-2008, 11:08 AM
Religiously pull the e-brake and put it in 1st gear

ballerchris510
07-17-2008, 11:09 AM
e-brake only unless i park on a slanted area.

frisco88
07-17-2008, 11:12 AM
ebrake unless i'm on an incline than also leave it in gear

Exploding Dinosaurs
07-17-2008, 11:18 AM
1st gear only. In freezing weather, the parking brake could freeze stuck on, so it gets left off in winter and that became a year-round habit.

I found the parking brake was starting to stick from not being used, so I pull it to start the car just to be sure it gets cycled regularly.

Here in Utah we have very steep hills (home of the 2002 Olympics), and I have found first gear will hold the car on any hill. This was not true for some four cylinder cars I have owned.

Finally, I turn the wheels when I park -- so the car will roll into the curb on a hill, and to make the car harder to steal otherwise.

Gunnar
07-17-2008, 12:07 PM
In my Camaro, usually just put it in first. Like Exploding Dinosaurs said I've come out to go to work to find that my ebrake was frozen on, puts a damper on your morning. :) My beater car though I always pull the ebrake in addition to putting it in gear because its popped out of 1st before and I'd just as soon not risk it.

z28_YOU_HO
07-17-2008, 12:10 PM
Bothh

CaMaRo67RS355
07-17-2008, 12:11 PM
both just in case

andrew69_04
07-17-2008, 12:16 PM
either one would be fine. personally i do both.

FadedSS
07-17-2008, 12:17 PM
both here as well.

sidewayz28
07-17-2008, 12:29 PM
1st or reverse + ebrake!

Xtreme57
07-17-2008, 12:44 PM
both yo

99Hawk6spd
07-17-2008, 12:47 PM
E-brake. I've heard(and I don't really believe it) that if you just leave it in gear and someone hits your car, it can bust the tranny from the force. I do leave it in gear with the e-brake if the hill is steep enough.

SSwt00SS
07-17-2008, 12:47 PM
park it in 4th gear and use the e-brake...

Optimus_Prime
07-17-2008, 01:06 PM
BE SURE TO LEAVE IT IN 2ND GEAR!!!! otherwise your car will blow up

BlackBADaSS02
07-17-2008, 01:07 PM
I use both the ebrake and leave it in gear every time I park. Its a habit, I don't even notice myself doing it.

Brismo7
07-17-2008, 01:10 PM
use the ebrake unless its a steep incline then i use both

Same here

xXSilencerXx
07-17-2008, 01:15 PM
everyone i know does both, i have an A4 and use the E brake? dont know why but is just a habit to pull it when i park

Same here, I always pull the e-brake no matter where I'm parked, habit I guess.


On topic when I do drive a stick shift I pull the E-brake and leave it in first.

wolfy
07-17-2008, 01:16 PM
ebrake, kill the car, third gear...everytime.

Pharm0r
07-17-2008, 01:21 PM
haha i just have a habit of using both my ebrake and leaving it in first....although usually either my ebrake is out or my clutch is toast...soooooo hehe =]

its always funny when a friend goes to pull my car out or something...i always forget to tell them its in gear.

skeels
07-17-2008, 01:21 PM
When i first got the car i did just the ebrake, then i realized that sucked when it rolled down my non-steep driveway into the tounge of a trailer. So I did both everytime after that untill i got the 9" and it was shortened to where the ebrake wont work so now i usually leave it in 1st. No big hills around here to worry about and 1st does just fine.

LS1SS01
07-17-2008, 03:05 PM
just in gear in south florida cause there are no hills lol It would take quite an incline/decline to turn the motor over.

defenestrate
07-17-2008, 03:35 PM
both, but i pull the ebrake first and and let off the brake with the clutch in so the weight isnt bearing on the trans.

02 Camaro SS
07-17-2008, 04:00 PM
I do both all the time. No reason not to.

z28bryan02
07-17-2008, 04:05 PM
1st gear + e-brake here

FSTR/TA
07-17-2008, 04:13 PM
:bang: Always leave your car in 1ST and E-brake on. Your car can roll in most gears other than 1ST because they are not as low a gear. You can put it in 6th and simply push it along with minimal compression braking. Make it a habit to ALWAYS do it. Also using your Ebrake frequently prevents it from locking up due to rusted cable and gears.
This should be madatory!!:bang:

Runamuck
07-17-2008, 05:08 PM
what the hell does it matter if your tranny explodes from being hit while in first.
A force that strong is going to total an F-body FYI.

always use both, one needs to back the other up, in case of failure.

DarkhorSe_SS
07-17-2008, 05:35 PM
I always use the e-brake and NEVER leave it in gear. Always in neutral when it's parked

sidewayz28
07-17-2008, 05:36 PM
bad idea ^ if u live in a place with no hills ur fine i guess..

LS1>girlfriend
07-17-2008, 05:44 PM
both :D

sidewayz28
07-17-2008, 05:46 PM
lol, love the name! :jest:

mycamaroSS
07-17-2008, 06:11 PM
both for me

NHRAMAN
07-17-2008, 06:24 PM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.

This is the only method that makes sense....I have always done this....WHY Wouldn't everyone.??????????????????:confused:

NHRAMAN
07-17-2008, 06:24 PM
I always use the e-brake and NEVER leave it in gear. Always in neutral when it's parked

Your reasoning..???? :confused:

DarkhorSe_SS
07-17-2008, 07:07 PM
no hills here man... this is tx boy not san fran:D

DarkhorSe_SS
07-17-2008, 07:23 PM
Your reasoning..???? :confused:

why NOT?? doesn't have to be any reasoning but I prefer in neutral rather than 1st gear:confused:

NJNETSFAN
07-17-2008, 07:35 PM
E-brake and neutral most of the time.

My reasoning for leaving it in neutral is that I have a brand new shifter and the springs in the shifter help pull it into neutral and also help with the 2-3 shift when racing(atleast I feel that way), so i figured why wear it out if the e brake will do the job?

nrs2420
07-18-2008, 01:44 AM
^^^^You could at least put it in 3rd then since that's where neutral is side to side, it would just be up in gear.

WS6R6
07-18-2008, 01:49 AM
Its damn kansas and I still put it in 1st and use the e-brake. Might as well.

KENS_SS_4
07-18-2008, 02:07 AM
Just the e-brake for parking. Just in gear for storage.

Never in gear for parking because I have and continue to share cars with other family members. They have different habits with starting and parking. So not in gear is safest default.

Malicious
07-18-2008, 02:16 AM
Both for parking, just habit.

7camaro7
07-18-2008, 02:24 AM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.

x2!!!

mcalus
07-18-2008, 11:33 AM
2nd gear and e brake, reasoning for 2nd gear is because, my beater (90 probe GL) 1st gear syncro is messed up so its kinda hard to get into 1st so I just put it in second. And the e brake doesn't work on the probe so only 2nd gear for me on that one!

AxisOfOil
07-18-2008, 11:37 AM
the 99 Z28 manual I just found in my spare tire compartment recommends putting it in Reverse and setting the e-brake.

just thought i'd point out what chevy thought was the best.

JosephIV
07-18-2008, 01:31 PM
I usually only e-brake unless I park on a steep hill; then it's opposing gear and e-brake.

deelong4002
07-18-2008, 01:32 PM
I do both 95% of the time

406malibu
07-18-2008, 02:11 PM
I usually only e-brake unless I park on a steep hill; then it's opposing gear and e-brake.

x2 no hills here, but if i do park on one, then i put it in the opposite gear since it holds better that way.

NemeSS
07-18-2008, 02:30 PM
just ebrake, not many slopes where i live

AiDRocks
07-18-2008, 03:06 PM
Both.

NJNETSFAN
07-18-2008, 03:13 PM
^^^^You could at least put it in 3rd then since that's where neutral is side to side, it would just be up in gear.

I've done that a few times, but I figured it's not as affective as leaving it in 1st or reverse so I just leave it neutral. Leaving it in 3rd would probably benefit(if there is any) the 2-3 shift because of the wear on the springs in the shifter.

StoleIt
07-18-2008, 04:16 PM
Both, unless I was using the brakes heavily for some odd reason (rarely). If the brakes are really hot then I will leave the ebrake off so the brakes don't cool against the rotor.

DlXlE
07-18-2008, 08:16 PM
E-Brake, better safe than sorry. Plus its a good habit to get into

raisuli81
07-18-2008, 08:23 PM
set the ebrake, let it lock up the wheels, then put it in gear. just in case.

Same here.

ItsNotStock
07-18-2008, 09:29 PM
I use both. I relied on just the e-brake with my old car and it ended up rolling into another car in a parking lot. There's nothing more powerful to hold your car than first gear :)

Slowv696
07-18-2008, 09:40 PM
leave it in first and put the Ebrake on

black01_WS6
07-18-2008, 11:59 PM
I do both and take it out of gear when I start it.

4150
07-19-2008, 01:01 AM
I'm paranoid, so both all the time.

Datzneat
07-19-2008, 09:05 AM
Only ebrake when on flat ground. It actually pisses me off when shops put it in gear and half ass the ebrake.

99345hp
07-19-2008, 09:33 AM
I do both 99 percent of the time, but I have to tear my console apart. My ebrake doesn't hold on the first pull all the time. Must be a spring amiss in there somewhere.

LS1crazy01
07-19-2008, 10:01 AM
I usually only e-brake unless I park on a steep hill; then it's opposing gear and e-brake.

Same here!

camar0corey
07-19-2008, 10:06 AM
Just the brake. Due to starting it in gear one day and forgetting, before I turn the key I wiggle the shifter to make sure I'm in neutral.:jest: Not much feels more awkward than leaving it in gear and forgetting.

When I visit my Dad in PA I put it in gear+brake, there a tractor, and a 80's Subaru have both managed to roll out of the driveway, down the hill through the field and smash into the woods.

scidav87
07-20-2008, 01:45 PM
both!!

ghettosled
07-21-2008, 01:02 PM
i tend to only use the e-brake now. i let my car sit for about 5 months without driving and only had it in gear. for the first couple of weeks when i did start to drive her again, for whatever reason the shifter had a difficult time staying in 2nd and 4th and kept popping out. since the car can sit for days, weeks or months at a time, i just use the e-brake. havent had that problem since.

quick amusing story. my old truck was had an automatic so i never used the e-brake. one snowy/icy day at work i parked in a spot on a slight incline. an hour later my co-worker came in and told me my truck was rolling out of its spot, but he was perplexed the driver's side wheel was spinning in the opposite direction as the car rolls. apparently i parked on a sheet of ice and driver's side was on the ice but the passenger's side was on asphalt. my truck rolled/skidded about 15 feet until it gained traction again.

landonew
07-21-2008, 01:23 PM
Just use ebrake. What, if for some reason it gets towed? Would rather have to replace an E-brake than a transmission.

HQuakers
07-21-2008, 01:27 PM
Both. My dad just did ebrake and one day his truck was in the middle of our street! Thing rolled all the way down the driveway and didn't hit anything, settled into the road without going into the neighbors lawn.

99Hawk6spd
07-25-2008, 01:57 PM
I did neither once in my explorer !DOH! rolled into the middle of the burger king parking lot, and didn't hit a thing. Kind of embarrasing having someone walk into BK and ask if someone there owns the explorer that just rolled across the parking lot. Moral of the story, don't get distracted when parking your vehicle.

Black 99 Bird
07-25-2008, 06:11 PM
e-brake only here.

95 Z28
07-25-2008, 06:58 PM
Neutral + E-brake for me.

_JB_
07-25-2008, 08:14 PM
Gear+E-brake

01ssreda4
07-26-2008, 11:22 AM
cant leave my DD in gear if i wanna use the remote start so its left in neutral. if there is any question about the incline i set the brake. at work i dont set it bc the incline is towards the parking block, so i just rest the tire against it and usually dont set the brake.

foreverzero
07-26-2008, 12:07 PM
If the car is facing uphill, E-brake + 1st, if it's facing downhill, E-brake + Reverse. Otherwise I don't put it in gear

bricez28
07-26-2008, 10:22 PM
just my ebrake. when someone else drives it they leave it in gear and i almost die. my ebrake is pretty good. usually my cars in my garage anyway.

tpduke112
07-26-2008, 10:29 PM
I do both. First gear.

TLUZLS1
07-28-2008, 02:44 PM
I do both.....

mukyluk
07-28-2008, 10:30 PM
both. the gear acts as a back up incase the ebake cable breaks for some reason. and vise versa, the ebake holds the car incase for some odd reason it pops out of gear when parked, or something just lets go

Vertigo
07-28-2008, 10:43 PM
Just 2nd

Tyler_LS1
09-19-2008, 06:26 PM
Always use the ebrake and some times i will do both

KFC_Or_Bust
09-20-2008, 04:55 AM
at work i dont set it bc the incline is towards the parking block, so i just rest the tire against it and usually dont set the brake.

So where do you work again? Love to come and push your car elsewhere and then have you wonder how it could possibly have gone anywhere!

both, but i pull the ebrake first and and let off the brake with the clutch in so the weight isnt bearing on the trans.

Same here, like clock work. And when I get back in I do the following steps EVERY time:

1. Right foot depressing brake pedal
2. Left foot depressing clutch
3. Right hand letting down e-brake
4. Right hand starting car
5. Right hand on shifter and off we go...Unless Reverse is needed of course! Or vice versa.

If I'm starting and not moving immediately then step 3 would be removed and step 5 would be taking the shifter out of gear and slapping it back and forth a few times to ensure it isn't still in gear before I let my foot off the clutch and brake. Why put my foot on the brake if I'm not going anywhere? Habit mostly and partially because I don't like the weight of the car falling back on the brakes harder than necessary. Or the transmission for that matter.

proporio
09-20-2008, 03:48 PM
E-brake and in gear

ae13291
09-20-2008, 04:08 PM
e brake and neutral here. unless im on a uphill or downhill then it goes into 1st gear. this should have been a poll

i3oosted
09-20-2008, 05:07 PM
Only ebrake unless on a STEEP incline/decline. I don't know how many times someone has driven or moved my car and left it in gear, then I go out and start it only to have it learch forward saved by the ebrake from going over curbs or through walls, lol.

landonew
09-20-2008, 05:39 PM
Only ebrake unless on a STEEP incline/decline. I don't know how many times someone has driven or moved my car and left it in gear, then I go out and start it only to have it learch forward saved by the ebrake from going over curbs or through walls, lol.

Exacly my thoughts. I Don't park my car on step slopes, and the E-Brake should be fine for flat surfaces. Also, if you get towed I would rather replace my ebrake then my drivetrain.

mike#9
09-20-2008, 07:12 PM
I use both always

razorclaw99
09-20-2008, 07:26 PM
both just incase

406malibu
09-20-2008, 07:27 PM
not this thread again.... :lock:

Smokin00WS6
09-21-2008, 02:00 PM
Just curious about the people with manuals if you leave it in gear or pull the ebrake when you park somewhere.

I personally usually just leave it in gear unless Im on a steap incline and want to be sure it wont move.

Im with you on this one.

LS199CAMAROZ28
09-21-2008, 05:13 PM
both. first gear

Black35thz28
09-21-2008, 05:18 PM
E brake and second so reverse is easier to find. Just habbit I guess.

PewterScreaminMach
09-21-2008, 05:35 PM
Both. A little extra insurance never hurt anyone, especially when it's free.

ls2pontiac
09-21-2008, 07:16 PM
I just leave it in reverse, unless im on a hill.

binks0678
09-21-2008, 10:43 PM
just leave it in first unless im on a hill

*98TransAm*
09-21-2008, 10:46 PM
just leave it in first unless im on a hill
same here

Ice78Transam
09-21-2008, 10:57 PM
Just E brake, unless on an incline, then second gear+brake.

Reidonly
09-22-2008, 11:06 PM
I have always used ebrake + 1st gear in every manual car I have owned... both Camaros, the G35, beater cars etc.

DarkJuggalo
09-22-2008, 11:46 PM
always both

I RaCE In HeeLs
09-23-2008, 12:06 AM
neutral+ebrake everytime!!!

bigblock4-speed
09-25-2008, 10:59 AM
Always put the car in gear, and no e-brake.. Looks gay when you go by a parked lsx and look in the car and see the ebrake pulled...

02anti_vnm
09-25-2008, 01:53 PM
I do both better safe then sorry

slayerized6
09-25-2008, 02:02 PM
both...better safe then sorry

twitchtwice
09-25-2008, 02:13 PM
Always put the car in gear, and no e-brake.. Looks gay when you go by a parked lsx and look in the car and see the ebrake pulled...

gay? i guess you could give the ebrake a sexual orientation.

strokerblackhawk
09-25-2008, 02:41 PM
both always. but i leave mine in second just to be a rebel....lolol

badpanda
09-25-2008, 03:14 PM
Both, even my A4 gets the ebrake (habit)

LS1-NAVY
09-25-2008, 03:32 PM
I leave it in gear and pull the e-brake.

+1 i do both when i have the car out but when its in the garage i just do e-brake

Jwright41
09-25-2008, 03:47 PM
Nothing but 4th gear when Im parked. And as everyone else has said I use the e-brake on inclines :lock:

AznMuscle
09-25-2008, 05:34 PM
I use 3rd gear for my T/A, ebrake if on a hill. My daily beater truck, 3rd gear as well, as long as it is flat. If I could get bumped good, and into another car, I'll use the ebrake, or if I am on a slight hill. The 3rd gear in the truck doesn't hold as well as it should.

mcgodx
09-25-2008, 05:51 PM
I always leave the parking break on when I park and if it's an incline I'll put it in gear opposite of the direction of the incline.

FlashLCD33
09-26-2008, 12:45 AM
2nd gear only.. we have no steep inclines here, no need to chance having the ebrake lock up.

Also, if you start it in second and dump the clutch on accident, there is almost no chance it will take off in 2nd from a clutch dump. 1st can move you a ways, though.

KFC_Or_Bust
09-26-2008, 12:53 AM
Always put the car in gear, and no e-brake.. Looks gay when you go by a parked lsx and look in the car and see the ebrake pulled...

Stupidest response ever... :bang:

tkimrey
09-26-2008, 01:12 AM
In my 2001 v6 5speed pickup the owners manual says to leave it in reverse..I think it's the same for camaros as well..just FYI

Black&Blue
09-26-2008, 02:40 AM
I always leave the parking break on when I park and if it's an incline I'll put it in gear opposite of the direction of the incline.

When I lived in Colorado I did the same exact thing. Now I only leave it in first with the e-brake.

bigblock4-speed
09-29-2008, 12:33 AM
Stupidest response ever... :bang:

Ok.. it looks the stupidest... lol :)

c4boom
09-29-2008, 12:46 AM
I pull the e brake and first or reverse depending on the situation.

Wicked_muscle
09-29-2008, 01:24 AM
set the ebrake, let it lock up the wheels, then put it in gear. just in case.

+1 on that

SladeX
09-29-2008, 07:49 AM
e-brake always, gear on hills

snake3126
09-29-2008, 10:40 AM
usually just put it in gear

sslateron
09-29-2008, 03:42 PM
I usually just do the ebrake on an incline. Does it hurt to leave it in gear?

SladeX
09-29-2008, 04:40 PM
you leave it in gear to give you some added protection while the car is off in case your e-brake fails. It's just like on a hill when you are supposed to turn the wheels away when facing up, and towards when facing down.

You don't normally leave it in reverse on a 4th gen f-body because reverse is locked out when the car is off! Though you can put it in reverse if you force it past the lock out solenoid or leave it in reverse then shut off the car.

I personally think 2nd or 3rd is the way to go, unless it's a steep hill then 2nd is my choice. On some inclines/declines, 3rd may be enough to break compression on the springs and thus the car may move.

sslateron
09-29-2008, 05:32 PM
Good thread you learn something everyday. Or should at least. ;)

73brewstersd
09-30-2008, 11:30 AM
Both just to be safe. I had a buddy once with a Saleen Stang that had it pop out of gear while he was washing it, it rolled down his driveway and slammed into a telephone pole. Insurance totaled it!! Then bought it back for $800 off the insurance company and tripled his money by parting it out...