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Old 15 Feb 2005, 11:37 pm
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Does the Emergency/Parking brake engage any braking to the front wheels of the PT? I always thought so, but when I had the car on jack stands i could spin the front wheels by hand and of course could not with the back. I want to do more tray drifting, but just had a brake job done in the front and do not wish to wear down the brakes.
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Old 15 Feb 2005, 11:45 pm
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NO.
Only the rear brakes engage.
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Old 16 Feb 2005, 01:20 am
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No car that I heard of uses the front brakes with the parking/emergency brake. I maybe wrong, but definately not about the Cruisers.
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Old 16 Feb 2005, 02:01 am
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Thank you both!
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Old 16 Feb 2005, 08:24 am
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For some reason, e-brake is always drum, and always on rear. Even if you have disks in rear, there's a small drum brake on the hub that is just for the e-brake.
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For some reason, e-brake is always drum, and always on rear. Even if you have disks in rear, there's a small drum brake on the hub that is just for the e-brake.
Mainly because a mechanical, cable operated handbrake applies force by pulling, hydraulic (foot) brakes apply force by pushing.

It is less expensive, and less complicated, to add a mini drum brake than to add the levers, springs, etc that would be needed to attach the parking brake cable to the disk brakes.

BTW: In an emergency... if you have lost both hydraulic braking circuits; about all the handbrake is going to do is lock the rear wheels and spin you out.

It is fun to do this on purpose on an icy road... the only way to get an FWD to do a bootleggers turn...

(go out and practice on a slippery parking lot... it's fun... and when the cops ask tell them you are 'practicing skid recovery', for safety)
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e-brake slides are a lot of fun. I used to do it alot but now i dont because i dont want to wear my rear tread. you have to really pull the ebrake hard to get it to lock and turn the wheel sharp when going at a kinda high speed. just be careful not to roll the car.
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e-brake slides are a lot of fun. I used to do it alot but now i dont because i dont want to wear my rear tread. you have to really pull the ebrake hard to get it to lock and turn the wheel sharp when going at a kinda high speed. just be careful not to roll the car.
LOL! I was doing that the winter in the snow, and also in the rain. Scared the crap out of my friend and my daughter! Now, my daughter thinks it's cool! [][8)]
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Old 21 Feb 2005, 12:56 pm
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Yeah its fin to do. All I really do is put the plastic fast food trays underneath the back wheels and set the ebrake. Doesn't last for too long, but at least I can save my tread and still have tons of fun. So. Cal is getting pounded with rain now, I would try some ebrake slides but my power steering went out yesterday. My tires are bald too.
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