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Old 05-28-2013, 09:38 PM
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

I agree with previous posts that you get used to the "ebrake" over time, it becomes second nature using it, clears the clutter around the centre console and as I posted elsewhere, I prefer the re-assurance of a cable operated brake over an electronic lever version when pulling 2.5tonne of boat out of the water on a steep ramp. I would anticipate a few crash test dummies might want to write in and advise if their tibia's sustained trauma during front end collision tests. In this day and age, I would be very surprised if the design and location was that flawed to cause catastrophic injury to the legs, especially when this thing has more cushioning than a large bag of marshmellows in a crash to protect other areas of the body.
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

Is the Aussie brake a different design than the US? I don't have a problem with mine.
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

[QUOTE=bill_de;828914]I think you already started this thread.

Advice please

Thanks, I did make a general comment re brake and the seating position, got replies re seating but not the foot parking brake.
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:02 AM
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

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I think you already started this thread.

Advice please

Thanks, I did make a general comment re brake and the seating position, got replies re seating but not the foot parking brake.
PS: I am 66yrs old and this is my first attempt in using this site, sorry for the double up.
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You'd be suprised how may double ups there are on this excellent forum. A lot of good information tends to slip down the list...take the number of WK2 Downunder sticky thread for example. I'm guilty of raising a point likely to have been published by others previously but now tend to click the search button to find what I'm looking for...I mean info on the car, fuel, engine, tyres etc...not women!!
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

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I think you already started this thread.

Advice please

Thanks, I did make a general comment re brake and the seating position, got replies re seating but not the foot parking brake.
PS: I am 66yrs old and this is my first attempt in using this site, sorry for the double up.
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My only thought was that if you start a thread that seems to get lost, make a reply to that thread. That will bring it to the top of the 'new posts' list, and you still keep the responses that were already made.


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Re: Foot Parking Brake

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personally, these days they could get away with some type of electronic park brake operated via a button, much simpler to use and design into the car.
It is called an E-brake for a reason. You might need it in an emergency such as loss of all power (gas and electric) which means it needs to be mechanical.
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

My first Jeep and first car with a foot operated park brake, I like it!
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

Is there a way to adjust it and make it tighter? Mine sits too low when I use it and want it fully engaged (working underneath, etc.)
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

Thanks for the reply, but... If you are in an accident then I believe the placement of this foot brake would become an issue.
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Re: Foot Parking Brake

Is there a reason that the placement of the foot brake on a RHD vehicle would create more of a problem than on a LHD vehicle?

The reason I ask is that they have been used in the US since the '60s that I know of. In 20+ years in insurance claims, some of that time handling injury claims, I never saw a report that claimed the e brake pedal caused an injury. I can't say it never happened, but I never heard it mentioned as a concern.


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Is there a reason that the placement of the foot brake on a RHD vehicle would create more of a problem than on a LHD vehicle?

The reason I ask is that they have been used in the US since the '60s that I know of. In 20+ years in insurance claims, some of that time handling injury claims, I never saw a report that claimed the e brake pedal caused an injury. I can't say it never happened, but I never heard it mentioned as a concern.


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I don't see that it's problem. Note that with RHD cars the e-brake is still up against the tunnel but on the other side so has to be operated with the left foot. I think I can see why Americans call it an emergency brake whereas we down under call it a parking brake. With LHD cars, the right foot moves from the accelerator to the left for the hydraulic brake, if that fails then to the right for the e-brake. It isn't possible to press both brakes simultaneously unless you are a rally driver using left foot braking. As I understand it, for this reason, Americans rarely use the e-brake preferring to use the Park gear lock to hold a parked car. With RHD cars, we are taught to hold the car with the right foot on the hydraulic brake, apply the hand brake, in this case the foot operated e-brake, put the gear into Park and release the main brake. We use the e-brake every time we park a car so we call it a parking brake. We are also taught that in the rare event that the hydraulic brakes fail, we can resort to the hand brake/e-brake.

One issue with the RHD e-brake is that it uses the same wire length (green wire) as on the LHD. Unfortunately, it isn't long enough to comfortably reach the other side of the tunnel. This puts a fair bit of strain on the e-brake switch mechanism causing failures. It is easily fixed by pulling more wire through.
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I don't see that it's problem. Note that with RHD cars the e-brake is still up against the tunnel but on the other side so has to be operated with the left foot. I think I can see why Americans call it an emergency brake whereas we down under call it a parking brake. With LHD cars, the right foot moves from the accelerator to the left for the hydraulic brake, if that fails then to the right for the e-brake. It isn't possible to press both brakes simultaneously unless you are a rally driver using left foot braking. As I understand it, for this reason, Americans rarely use the e-brake preferring to use the Park gear lock to hold a parked car. With RHD cars, we are taught to hold the car with the right foot on the hydraulic brake, apply the hand brake, in this case the foot operated e-brake, put the gear into Park and release the main brake. We use the e-brake every time we park a car so we call it a parking brake. We are also taught that in the rare event that the hydraulic brakes fail, we can resort to the hand brake/e-brake.

One issue with the RHD e-brake is that it uses the same wire length (green wire) as on the LHD. Unfortunately, it isn't long enough to comfortably reach the other side of the tunnel. This puts a fair bit of strain on the e-brake switch mechanism causing failures. It is easily fixed by pulling more wire through.
You just pointed out the big difference. In our vehicles the parking (E) brake is all the way on the left, against the kick panel. It is operated with the left foot. The gas and brake are designed for the right foot.
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