When parking what do you do first park button or parking brake?
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    When parking what do you do first park button or parking brake?

    Does it matter if I push the park button and then press the parking brakes.

    The manual says to press the parking brakes and then put it in park.

    Is there any difference?

    Thanks!


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    I never bother pressing the Park button, if you switch off the power it activates Park for you. I usually activate the parking brake first if I am on a slope and then switch off, but if I am on the flat I just leave it alone and switch off.

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    I have never pushed the parking brake because there are no hills in South Florida. The only time I press the "park" button is when I don't want to turn the car off, such as when I am waiting for my wife to come out of the grocery store and want to keep listening to the audio.

    I just turn off the car and walk out. No parking brake, no "park" button as a general rule.

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    Well, I've tried it both ways and finally decided on "push park first, then set the parking brake". I decided on this because when I do it "per the manual", the car moves slightly when I press park (after the brake is set). Also, and I know I'll draw fire for this, but "park" uses the transmission as the brake, exposing it to unnecessary stress, which could lead to additional wear and tear. The parking brake is specifically designed for this purpose and should be the primary system. “Park” acts as a backup to the parking brake! I live in earthquake country, so keeping the car from moving, even on level ground, is a priority here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich2508 View Post
    I never bother pressing the Park button, if you switch off the power it activates Park for you. I usually activate the parking brake first if I am on a slope and then switch off, but if I am on the flat I just leave it alone and switch off.
    +1

    I rarely use the park button.


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    To save the transmission from having to deal with the weight of the car, I always engage the parking brake in neutral. Then I let the parking brake hold the weight of my car. Finally, I'll put the car in park. It's a habit I've picked up from owning my last car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nabbun View Post
    To save the transmission from having to deal with the weight of the car, I always engage the parking brake in neutral. Then I let the parking brake hold the weight of my car. Finally, I'll put the car in park. It's a habit I've picked up from owning my last car.
    Yes if you're on a hill as that's what the parking brake is for. There is no weight when you are parked on level ground.


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    I think it's a good habit to set the parking brakes especially if you are parked on the street. If the car parking in front or back accidently bumps you while parking, 4000 lbs no matter how low speed, is still a lot of force on the gears if you don't set the brakes.

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    Kkm is absolutely right. And for me, I'll hold with right foot brake, step on parking brake with left then press park or power.


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