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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Buckingham, UK
Re: handbrake or in-gear?
Definately use both hand brake and gear, but what do you mean by opposite gear?
If the nose of the car is pointing downhill, you should use first gear. If the of the car is pointing uphill you should use reverse. The consideration is which way is the car likely to roll. You want to make sure the engine will turn the right way. If the cars rolls forwards and the gearbox is in reverse it will turn the engine over the wrong way and increase the risk of valve train damage as the belt or chain will go the wrong way and the tensioner will go loose increase the likely hood of skipped teeth and piston interferance.
There are some people who say use the opposite gear to direction to be sure the engine won't start like it would in a push start, but that's not right as not even diesels will push start unless the ignition is on.
The other caveats are if the brakes are really hot, as at a trackday you might just use the gear, not the handbrake as clamping on will be bad for hot discs and pads and can promote warping. Or if the car is in long storage, esp in a humid environment, calipers can sieze, so better to chock the wheels.
Hope it helps.
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Alfa History: '78 GTV 2.0, '83 GTV6 2.5, '98 156 Selespeed 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '05 GT 3.2 V6, '96 146 2.0ti, '99 156 2.4JTD, '01 147 1.6 Lusso.
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