Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Cogito, ergo sumthin'

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.



"park" gear engages brakes

Prevent the annoying roll after you place the car in park
  (+6, -1)
(+6, -1)
  [vote for,

When you place the gear shift into "park" it should close a small valve on the hydraulic lines going to your front brakes. Since presumably your foot was on the brake as you shifted into park, the valve traps pressure in the lines and keeps the car from rolling several inches until the pawl in the transmission engages into a tooth.

Even if the pressure gradually leaked out, the transmission would eventually engage to keep the car from rolling away, yet it would still hold the car long enough to prevent inconveniencing or possibly injuring your passengers if they happen to be exiting your vehicle just as you take your foot off the brake.

Nearly all cars today have electric motors and valves to regulate braking pressure by the ABS system. It might be possible to implement my idea on such cars by doing nothing more than modifying the firmware program in the ABS computer - no new hardware needed.

Sure you *could* just sorta use the emergency brake for the same result, but: 1) people are lazy and most don't apply the emergency brake 2) using the emergency brake every single time you park (especially if you actually apply it hard enough to prevent the car from rolling) stretches the wire cables it uses to activate the brakes. This reduces their effectiveness in the event that you really do need them (ie in an actual emergency). E-brakes can be easily adjusted to take up the inevitable slack in the cables, but few people get that done regularly.

ServoMan314, Jun 19 2008


       Baked. My car applies the handbrake when you put it in park.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 19 2008

       Mate that's not an emergency brake, that's the HandBrake, you're supposed to put it on each time you park the car. You mean to say you've been saving it for an emergency? LOL!
simonj, Jun 21 2008

       I want to watch [ServoMan314] change a tire.
lurch, Jun 21 2008

       Oh. mygod.   

       See, that's why you have to be very careful with terminology. [Servo] - there's nothing "emergency" about your handbrake. Use it wisely.   

       THe other option is just to stop pussyfooting around and buy a manual. Leave it in 1st gear, no parking issues at all.
Custardguts, Jun 21 2008


back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle