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      05-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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Parking Brake / E-Brake -- this may make the 10 dumbest M3 questions list

I have a DCT M3, which is my first manual transmission (or automanual, or whatever you'd like to call it), so it's my first experience with common use of the parking brake / emergency brake. For the past 2 months, I've been holding the button down while I pull up and then releasing when it is up to lock the car. However, I let a friend drive the other day, and I noticed he just pulled up without pushing the button and it made clicking sounds as it went up.

Can someone tell me if I'm supposed to hold the button down before pulling up when I park? Or am I supposed to just pull it up and lock it that way? Or does it not matter?
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      05-25-2011, 08:18 PM   #2
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Doesn't matter. Clicks are just different lock heights.
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I just pull up. I only press the button to put it down. I will reserve judgment on how dumb this question is until i see other responses.
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I prefer your method... it's easier on the latch mechanism.
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      05-25-2011, 08:34 PM   #5
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DCT doesnt require the useage of the e brake.... its just a mind thing-safety feature to make you feel extra safe.
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DCT doesnt require the useage of the e brake.... its just a mind thing-safety feature to make you feel extra safe.
That may be true, but when I put it in neutral, sometimes it starts sliding backward. I understand that P engages as soon as the engine shuts off, but there's no way I'm going to leave it there without the ebrake given how much it slides before I pull it.
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"this may make the 10 dumbest M3 questions list"

Deffinately.

I've asked a dumb question or two tho.
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I just pull up. I only press the button to put it down. I will reserve judgment on how dumb this question is until i see other responses.
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I have a DCT M3, which is my first manual transmission (or automanual, or whatever you'd like to call it), so it's my first experience with common use of the parking brake / emergency brake. For the past 2 months, I've been holding the button down while I pull up and then releasing when it is up to lock the car. However, I let a friend drive the other day, and I noticed he just pulled up without pushing the button and it made clicking sounds as it went up.

Can someone tell me if I'm supposed to hold the button down before pulling up when I park? Or am I supposed to just pull it up and lock it that way? Or does it not matter?
Lol I believe most people just pull up but it doesn't really matter
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I can't believe you said that. I was just thinking the exact same thing.
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Better to raise the e-brake with the button down as you avoid friction in the mechanism.

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I have a DCT M3, which is my first manual transmission (or automanual, or whatever you'd like to call it), so it's my first experience with common use of the parking brake / emergency brake. For the past 2 months, I've been holding the button down while I pull up and then releasing when it is up to lock the car. However, I let a friend drive the other day, and I noticed he just pulled up without pushing the button and it made clicking sounds as it went up.

Can someone tell me if I'm supposed to hold the button down before pulling up when I park? Or am I supposed to just pull it up and lock it that way? Or does it not matter?
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I have a DCT M3, which is my first manual transmission
A manual transmission requires THREE pedals man .
And yes, you can call your automatic M3 an automanual if you want, but you'd be no different than a fat lady fantasizing that her 'women size 4' is not a 14 .
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A manual transmission requires THREE pedals man .
And yes, you can call your automatic M3 an automanual if you want, but you'd be no different than a fat lady fantasizing that her 'women size 4' is not a 14 .
We get it macho man.

Now that that's out of the way... Back to the topic. Holding the button down seems like it would put less stress on the mechanism so I usually hold the button down (on my non-M of course lol).
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I can't believe you said that. I was just thinking the exact same thing.
Great minds...
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No 'macho man' here; just calling it like it is . NOW it's out of the way .
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dct is manual transmission now?
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Either way is optional. I always just pull it up, then when I hear the clicking, I actually know that the E-brake is actually working.
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