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Leaving 5spd in gear...

Those who have manuels do you leave it in gear when you park your truck?


I usually put it in first and apply the parking break. I just want to know if this is bad for the truck.
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i always left mine in gear mainly because my parking brake was inop
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Always in gear when parked. That way if the parking brake fails the truck still won't roll.
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yea no ebrake here either so either first or reverse depending
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I never bother unless on a steep hill. But NO it wont hurt a thing.
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flat ground i leave it in any gear with parking brake. uphill (truck going up hill) i leave in any forward gear with parking brake. downhill. i leave in reverse with parking brake set.
thats how i was taught
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you are supposed to leave it in either first if facing uphill or reverse if downhill. i'm always on flat ground so i just throw it in neutral. if i park on a slant i follow the forementioned directions.

the dealer always puts it in gear and the first few times i forgot about it tehn stall out.
when i had my old dub, it didn't have a clutch lockout to start. it'd be at the mechanics' and i'd start it and it would lurch and scare the crap outta me.
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i have no parkey break so yea it stays in gear.

i've had it roll with it in gear turning the engine over........... without me in it heh
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in gear no parking break here either. if the hill is steep enough to make the tranny slip then i will put it in 4lo.
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In gear and parking brake on all the time and any surface. Simple way to avoid an accident. I had a buddy that parked his car but never put it in gear. One day the parking brake cable snapped and his car rolled downhill into a Mercedes.

I even set the parking brake when I'm driving an auto.
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I owned 3 cars with 5 speeds and I never left it in gear. I live in Houston though where the biggest hill is the driveway.
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I used to only set the Parking Brake until last winter when it froze to my rear drum. Biggest pain in the **** ever trying to get that "unfroze". Nothing like laying under a truck parked on the street in -10 degree weather so you can go to work.

Anyway, now I hardly ever set the e-brake unless I'm on a hill and just leave it in gear.
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I used to only set the Parking Brake until last winter when it froze to my rear drum. Biggest pain in the **** ever trying to get that "unfroze". Nothing like laying under a truck parked on the street in -10 degree weather so you can go to work.

Anyway, now I hardly ever set the e-brake unless I'm on a hill and just leave it in gear.
i just tossed the the tea pot on the stove for a few minutes then tossed the water on the drum/wheel
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i have no parkey break so yea it stays in gear.

i've had it roll with it in gear turning the engine over........... without me in it heh
that was a funny story, i figured you would post that in there.
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I leave it in gear. if you do put in R uphill, 1 [email protected] down hill. i case the brake dont hold, so it dont suck the oil out of the system (oil pump will run backwards)
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I thought it was Reverse for downhill. 1st gear for uphill...
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I leave mine in gear since the e-brake on the 2Fiddy is in-op. I typically, when driving other manuals forget to set the e-brake as well. No big deal, long as I put it in 1st facing uphill, and reverse heading downhill, it doesn't matter. However, I have been known to leave the truck in 1st facng a mild downhill slope
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that was a funny story, i figured you would post that in there.
its happened twice.. but only hit something once.



its sitting in the driveway now and i park my moms car behind it.. needless to say TWO tires are chocked.

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In gear. ebrake doesnt work, when im on a steep hill i have a piece of 2x4 i turn up on an angle between the tire and road because if i leave it flat my truck will roll over it. lol
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i just set the ebrake and leave it in neutral, unless i take it to the carwash or the shop because my release handle is broken and half the time the idiots cant figure out to release it.

i was at the car wash one day and sat outside for about 10 mins wondering why i hadnt seen my truck come through the tunnel, so i went to the front and saw 3 guys trying to figure out how to release my ebrake hahaha
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depends, if i am not going to be driving it for a while (more than a few days) i just leave it in gear. but if i am out and about i use the ebrake. never do both.

in my DD (03 caviler) i use the ebrake all the time and dont put it in gear.
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When use to drive a manual I just left it in gear, because in the winter, the brakes would always freeze up.
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I leave it in gear and use the e brake always
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i leave it in gear (usually 1st or 2nd) and apply the parking break
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I'm so used to not having a parking brake, that I automatically park it in 1st or reverse. I even still do it and I still forget about releasing the pbrake sometimes. lol.

Short answer: I usually park it in gear unless I'm at home where it's almost level ground and dug holes from when I had no parking brake. lol.
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