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Old 06-24-2005, 08:31 PM
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Handbreak Usage.

Okay, I live in San Antonio and I have never used a hand break in my life. Does it really make much of a diffrence to use them? How many of ya'll actually use them on a regular basis, or at all? Whats so special about the Hand break? I just dont get it.

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Old 06-24-2005, 08:49 PM
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:09 PM
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Old 06-25-2005, 12:12 AM
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Okay, I live in San Antonio and I have never used a hand break in my life. Does it really make much of a diffrence to use them? How many of ya'll actually use them on a regular basis, or at all? Whats so special about the Hand break? I just dont get it.

Thanks for your responce, I was curious about it all.
Are there no hills in San Antonio? Whenever you park on a hill you should engage the hand brake to take the stress off the transmission. I even use mine in parking lots with light grades, its a good habit to be in.

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Old 06-25-2005, 05:41 AM
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Always use the handbrake. I even use them in the automatic rental cars I drive. It has become second nature for me to set the handbrake in any vehcile I drive.
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:46 AM
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I always use the handbrake even when i park in my garage. My wife complains that when i drive her 323i I pull it up too high, thus making it hard for her to release it. Habit i guess.
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:48 AM
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Old 06-25-2005, 06:49 AM
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Old 06-25-2005, 10:43 AM
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Always! Including J turns.
In my old Fiat 128 (era 1976)......using the hand brake was the best way to make a virtual 90 degree turn. Blip the gas - and bang on the hand brake - let go and floor it.
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Old 06-26-2005, 04:57 PM
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haha well no there arnt many hills in San Antonio, infact i dont think iv ever parked on a hill. but maybe its a habit i shoudl get my self into, for when i ever need to park on a hill.
thanks alot for your info.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:31 AM
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I've been using the hand brake since I've had my first car ('86 Chevy Nova). It's been a habit that I picked up from my father and I've been doing it ever since. Unfortunately, when I go to restaurants that have valet parking they don't realize that I put the hand brake up that they drive off and all you hear is a HUGE screeching noise.

And I use the hand brake when I do my J turns!
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:50 PM
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Okay, I live in San Antonio and I have never used a hand break in my life. Does it really make much of a diffrence to use them? How many of ya'll actually use them on a regular basis, or at all? Whats so special about the Hand break? I just dont get it.

Thanks for your responce, I was curious about it all.
If you got manual transmission in your X3, I'd suggest you start getting used to using it when parking especially on an incline.
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:10 PM
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I use the hndBrk for "starting" on the numerous very steep inclines here, or for parking on a steep hill. I Rarely use it for parking on a "flat" and never in the garage.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:29 PM
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Handbrake cant be used all the time. I live in Canada and we have some icy winter. I tried to use a handbrake one day and it freezed with the brake disc and wont let go. The handbrake stick can go down but it was actually still frozen with the disc. I tried move front and move back for 20 mins and still cant fix the problem. Finally, I need to call BMW roadside service to melt the ice for me.
After that, I dont use any handbrake in the winter.
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Old 06-30-2005, 05:09 AM
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Handbrake cant be used all the time. I live in Canada and we have some icy winter. I tried to use a handbrake one day and it freezed with the brake disc and wont let go. The handbrake stick can go down but it was actually still frozen with the disc. I tried move front and move back for 20 mins and still cant fix the problem. Finally, I need to call BMW roadside service to melt the ice for me.
After that, I dont use any handbrake in the winter.
I wonder if your experience is unusual. I always use my handbreak, even when my car was parked outside overnight in -21F weather, and never had a problem with freezing. (disclaimer - wasn't a BMW)
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