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    Years ago I had a 88 toyota pickup 5spd manual that my mother used to drive occasionally.

    I used to get on her case about not setting the parking brake, she claimed... "oh just leaving it in gear works" I'd warn her that it wasn't the old Ford tractor from the farm and one day it would get up and go...

    Then one day she used it to go to bingo, backed into a spot with a gentle grade to it, same old deal left it in gear and walked away.
    Then,as she put it: "I got the feeling that someone was following me so I turned around and there it was, following me like a lost puppy"

    I was pleased she had the honesty to come clean, she never failed to set the brake after that!


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    Funny

    Quote Originally Posted by bzacon View Post
    That's a great idea, I will consider doing the same. Would be really nice to have for emergencies, not that the Mirage is usually hard to push. Using the starter seems like it would be less dangerous. How much damage does a short drive like that do to the starter though?
    Funny how this thread evolved from using an emergency brake while parking your car to using your starter to move your car in case of an emergency.

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    I sometimes wonder what is funnier - thread hijacking or that someone notices.

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    I am 100% against thread hi-jacking.

    Unless I am participating in it.

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    I hadn't even noticed that this was no longer about setting the parki brake. My idle squirrel detection logic just hopped on the new topic without noticing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobrajet View Post
    leave the transmission in the gear you will need when you drive it again.
    Thanks for this tip. I've been using it this week and rather like it. I used to just put it in first - now I'll leave it in reverse. It seems to engage reverse easier with a warm transmission anyway.


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