A friends cars handbrake doesn't work, can I leave it in gear when it's off?

Would this even help?

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I assume you are talking about a straight shift... you always park them in gear "ALWAYS" even if you use the handbrake. You put it in low (first) gear if parking up hill (with the front of the car going up), reserve if parking downhill (with the front of the car going down).

  • Andy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You better leave it in gear!Yes it will hold the car just don't park on any steep hills.Any hill at all you better turn the wheels into the curb and roll up against it to hold the car along with it being in gear.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Leave it in gear with or without a brake, I have used mine 3 times in 40 years unless doing repairs.

  • 1 decade ago

    If it has a manual transmission leave it is low gear. If it is n automatic transmission leave it is park. I suggest your friend get it repaired ASAP.

    Source(s): Common sence
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  • 1 decade ago


    Curb your tires too.

    Or don't park on a hill.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should do that anyway. Get the hand brake adjusted.

    PS- You don't need to put it in reverse when you are parked downhill. It makes no difference; first or reverse.

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