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How many folks with manual Fiestas do this in this order when they park?

1. Apply the brake and shift into the neutral position.
2. Fully apply the parking brake, hold the clutch pedal down, then shift
into 1 (First).
3. Turn the ignition off.
I'm used to doing it in this order: 1, 3, 2.
 

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How many folks with manual Fiestas do this in this order when they park?



I'm used to doing it in this order: 1, 3, 2.
I do it the same but I do not shift into first, I keep it in neutral with the parking brake on.
 

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Another school of thought is shift into reverse as it is usually a lower range gear. Problem is over time the contact for the back up lights gets worn out and either no worky or always worky. PITA either way
 

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Brake, Clutch, put in 1, turn off engine.
I never use the parking brake (especially useful in the winter as it might freeze up)
 

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Clue me in, why does it have to be three steps??? My Fiesta isn't a stick, but when I do drive a stick, I just shut off the engine while still in first, then apply the parking brake.
 

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I always use the Parking Brake, even when I owned an automatic. Never had one freeze on me in winter. In fact I told told to always use it so it doesn't get stuck in one position. that and so the car doesn't roll away if it ever pops out of gear.
 

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I always use the Parking Brake, even when I owned an automatic. Never had one freeze on me in winter. In fact I told told to always use it so it doesn't get stuck in one position. that and so the car doesn't roll away if it ever pops out of gear.
I am in the habit of putting it in reverse, set the E-brake, then ign off when driving a manual trans. I confess that with an auto trans I do not use the E-brake. I probably should. In the 80's I had an Escort (auto) that actually did pop out of the 'park' position while parked on a hill. That was an interesting chase. :eek: I did catch it though. :cool:

I am also of the school that teaches regular use of the E-brake is the best way to keep it from getting rusted or frozen in position. Living in Wisconsin, where the winters bring not only cold & snow, but also salted & slushy roads, we tend to keep on using the things we need to stay working to keep them loose.
 

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I always use the Parking Brake, even when I owned an automatic. Never had one freeze on me in winter. In fact I told told to always use it so it doesn't get stuck in one position. that and so the car doesn't roll away if it ever pops out of gear.
I've had it freeze before. Not good. :\
 

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Coast in...

I am more of a hypermiler....
I turn the ignition off... coast into parking.
Then the E Brake
Then 1st gear...
I also always try to park were I can pull out straight ahead. Or pull into a spot uphill and roll out before I turn car on...
Yeh I know I am a freak.:eek:
 

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Clue me in, why does it have to be three steps??? My Fiesta isn't a stick, but when I do drive a stick, I just shut off the engine while still in first, then apply the parking brake.
Parking brakes with clutch in, gear in 1st, let the car roll back so that what stops it from rolling is the parking brakes and not the transmission. Turn off motor.

If you apply the parking brakes without letting it roll till the parking brakes stop it and then let the clutch out, then you're most likely using transmission to keep the car from rolling.....which is not good for the gears. Leaving it in gear is just an extra percaution because it is better to damage the gears a little if for whatever reason the parking brake doesn't work, then to have a car rolling around on its own.
 

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Put car into 2nd, then shift into Reverse, pull handbrake (unless brakes are hot), and then shut the engine off. For starting, I put on my belt first (as I found it turns of the dinkle-dink buzzer), clutch in, start, handbrake off, and either back-up or put it in 1st.


Now, my Mustang is a little different for parking.
1. Locate flat area since the car has no handbrake
2. Put car into 2nd, then into Reverse
3. Flip ignition master switch to off
4. Turn fan switch to off
5. Turn guage switch to off (turns off gauge cluster)
6. Turn key to off position
7. Release key back stop and remove key
8. Turn cam-lock to release the belts
9. Climb over the roll bar and get out
10. Cycle battery main cut-off switch to the off position
 

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1) With one foot on the clutch, and the other on the brake,
I shift the car into 1st.
2) Then set the parking brake.
3) Then turn off the ignition.
4) Then take foot off the brake
5) Then take foot off the clutch

I ALWAYS set the parking brake when I park my vehicles.
It is, probably, because of this that the parking brake on my
1989 Corolla never seized up once in the 21 years I owned it.
 

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Parking Brake

Never using your parking break will surely lead to seized cable or broken linkage. Always using PB will keep it going in good working order until mechanical usage just wears it out (most cases the cable breaks). Better to wear it out. It makes for easier replacement.
 

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How many folks with manual Fiestas do this in this order when they park?

I'm used to doing it in this order: 1, 3, 2.
Pull into spot, which usually requires some parallel parking due to our on-street only parking in front of the apt.
Set e-brake.
Turn of ignition.

Just by virtue of having toe negotiate the parallel parking, the clutch is usually depressed until I kill the ignition.
 

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A question for the PowerShift crew... I've noticed a couple times, usually if I turn off the ignition immediately after shifting into park, the car may roll several inches before I hear a audible "click" from the transmission or engine area and then the car will stop. Has anyone else has this pop up?

My theory is that I was too fast for the computer to properly "park" the transmission, however it's handles in the PS tranny... Though I've now gotten into the habit of applying the handbrake when I park.
 

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A question for the PowerShift crew... I've noticed a couple times, usually if I turn off the ignition immediately after shifting into park, the car may roll several inches before I hear a audible "click" from the transmission or engine area and then the car will stop. Has anyone else has this pop up?

My theory is that I was too fast for the computer to properly "park" the transmission, however it's handles in the PS tranny... Though I've now gotten into the habit of applying the handbrake when I park.
I think you are correct. When I am backing into my carport I notice a distinct delay when I shift into reverse from drive (or vice versa). If I have my window open I can hear the "click" you describe about 1-2 seconds after I move the shift lever.

I now tend to come to a complete stop, shift into reverse (or park or drive) and wait a second or two before moving the car or turning off the engine.
 

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A question for the PowerShift crew... I've noticed a couple times, usually if I turn off the ignition immediately after shifting into park, the car may roll several inches before I hear a audible "click" from the transmission or engine area and then the car will stop. Has anyone else has this pop up?

My theory is that I was too fast for the computer to properly "park" the transmission, however it's handles in the PS tranny... Though I've now gotten into the habit of applying the handbrake when I park.
After getting on the driveway (slight incline) I step on the brake pedal, I engage the parking brake and then I put the transmission in park. Right after I release the brake pedal, I do hear a sound that sounds like something is engaging
 

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Brake, Clutch, put in 1, turn off engine.
I never use the parking brake (especially useful in the winter as it might freeze up)

I've lived in the snow and rust belt all my life. (51 years) Never had any problems, alway set parking brake. It's when you never use it the cable and parts rust up and stick. This is an important safety feature.

I put it in first and set the partking brake with my foot on the brake and turn off the engine. I had a neighbor who's car rolled down their driveway into the street when it was in park.
 
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