Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 13:52:05 +0000
From: Matt Gibson <gothicknopsamick.org.uk>
Subject: Re: Manual Transmission doesn't hold car 9-5 on hill


Hugh wrote: > Recently my wife parked my 9-5, 5spd manual, in the driveway and didn;t > engage the parking brake all the way. To my horror I looked out the window > and the car had rolled partially in to the street. > I discovered that the transmission will not hold the car on my driveway in > either 1st or reverse. Is this a sign of the clutch going, as there are > not other signs when driving. Sounds like perfectly normal behaviour to me. Parking in gear is a useful backup to stop the car just freewheeling away if the handbrake fails or isn't engaged properly, but it's not going to pevent it moving if it's on a steep enough hill. You might have found that the car had rolled all the way into the street and across the other side if the gear hadn't been engaged, though... M -- "It's the small gaps between the rain that count, and learning how to live amongst them." -- Jeff Noon

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