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Old 09-11-2009
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Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
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.
Exactly the same thing I did. I have ruts I park in at home about 4-5 inches deep. And since I have no parking brake I leave it in gear when I shut it off.
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Old 09-11-2009
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I apply the parking brake and leave it in first all the time, except in the winter. It sucks when you brake shoes freezes to your drums and your ready to go somewhere and your truck won't move. Then you have to unfreeze them and it is -10 outside. Nothing a propane torch through the spokes of the wheels can't fix.
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Old 09-11-2009
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Sounds like what I am doing works. I will stick with my routine.
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Old 09-11-2009
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i always leave mine in gear with the brake on...it makes it a hell of a lot harder to tow when you have a front wheel drive vehicle too! dont ask how i know
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Old 09-12-2009
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i leave it in neutral and trust my brake to hold it.
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Old 09-12-2009
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Originally Posted by vista4.0 View Post
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
Though our engines aren't interference engines, engines that are can be damaged by doing that. If there's no fuel/spark the engine wont start in the unlikely even the vehicle starts rolling in gear so forward is best for down hill and reverese for uphill.
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Old 09-12-2009
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I put mine in gear also... Set the ebrake once and took a short nap in the parking lot before a meeting and woke up with my truck rolling about to hit another car
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Old 09-12-2009
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I just put mine in "P" and it doesn't go anywhere...

But if I drive something with a manual I park them in 2nd. Not sure why, that's just how I do it.
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