E parking brake mishap

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Green480
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E parking brake mishap

Post by Green480 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:17 pm

Just a reminder to all with electronic parking brakes to make sure they are fully engaged. Was paying for some petrol when I noticed my 2 week old 1.6t taking a joyride by itself! Ran outside (knocking over an expertly crafted 6 foot high stack of biscuit tins) and managed to jump in front and stop it rolling into traffic in front of a bunch of laughing school kids. Never been so embarrassed, but it could have a lot worse, felt like a right dick! That petrol station has been added to the list of ‘places I can never go back to’.
Sometimes i’ve noticed that it doesn’t engage unless you hold it for at least a second.
I now leave it in gear when I park, anyone else had this ‘issue’?


MOOGLEYS
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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by MOOGLEYS » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:45 pm

Always leave in gear drilled into me for last 22 years I have had a couple of times I have returned to the car and the parking brake is not on although I was convinced I engaged it.


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Nick Butler
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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by Nick Butler » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:10 am

Always leave my cars in gear.
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drcl
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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by drcl » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:43 am

Also, there is one thing. When you lift the EPB and when you press gas paddle (even when not in the gear), the EPB will stop working... Not sure if this is fault or should it work like that?
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astramaster
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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by astramaster » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:16 pm

drcl wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:43 am
Also, there is one thing. When you lift the EPB and when you press gas paddle (even when not in the gear), the EPB will stop working... Not sure if this is fault or should it work like that?
That's normal. Also it's described clearly in the owner's manual.


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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by Ty5500 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:39 pm

For me i always listen for the sound of the e brake and leave it in gear as i dont trust the e brake 100%. I prefered my previous e brake that automatically and always engaged.


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danx55
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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by danx55 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:10 pm

yikes! nasty ... good catch :)

...mjust admit although i like the idea of not having to pull up hand brake all the time, think i will be leaving it in gear just to be sure :/


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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by Shiff » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:52 pm

Ditto to Ty5500, previous cars (not VX) had automatic engagement and were seamless, caught me out a few times on my 1.6t Elite. Not sure why VX Boffins missed this, maybe to stop us being too complement perhaps? I wait to hear for the sound too (only takes a second or two) but I tend to leave in gear only when on a gradiant.


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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by Shiff » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:54 pm

...meant complacent , oops.


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Re: E parking brake mishap

Post by CharlieMike » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:44 pm

I learned my lesson when my Astra J tried to pin me against the wall.
I jumped out of the way just in time.
I think it cost £500 for a new bumper and spray.

Never had the trouble with e brakes before that on a range of different makes and models, and I still swear it had actually engaged properly before I got out of the car. That experience put me off 'em.
Both cars since that one have had a good old fashioned levered brake.
So will the next car.
Last edited by CharlieMike on Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.


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