My son has the above car with the 5speed transmission. While he was at
school last week, it slipped out of gear and ran into his boss's truck which
caused over $1600+ in damages to my sons car. The Honda Recall site
mentions an ignition problem that might allow the car to slip out of park
but does not mention anything about the manual transmission. Has anyone
heard about this problem with the manual?
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can start a total.
Great post. I always use the parking brake and NEVER use the transmission
as a parking brake. I guess that ALL people have not yet developed that
If someone failed to make use of the parking brake--the driver is to blame
for any accident that is caused.
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sadly untrue. parking brakes can relax and release as they cool if hot
when set. for that reason, /always/ park a stick in gear, especially on
a hill. oh, and for the record, the clutch interlock switch should
prevent even the most forgetful from being able to start the car in gear.
One should not just place an automatic transmission in Park either. The
parking brake is there for a reason (not just for playing on slippery roads
<g>) and should be used to ensure the vehicle does not move.
The owner's manual for our Toyota Prius specifically says *not* to use the
parking brake in freezing weather because of the risk of the parking brake
freezing in the set position.
Relying on the braking power of a parking brake will eventually lead to
trouble, as neither the application force nor the effectiveness of the brake
is assured. I know I'm not the only person to drive a while before noticing
the parking brake is still on. Leaving the tranny in gear is all-or-nothing
and does not significantly "soften" over the years. For anything but wet,
freezing weather the best bet is to do both.
Sorry Mike, but if you own a Honda Accord you would know that it has a very
well sealed parking brake cable and can be relied upon in any weather. I
have been using Honda parking brakes since 1984 and have never had one
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Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: Possible Flaw 2000 Accord EX
We have more trouble with the shoes freezing to the drums - not an issue
with 4 wheel disks, but a major headaches with the drums. Water gets into
the drums and will wick between the shoes and the drums if the parking brake
is on. A couple minutes with a propane torch on the drum does the trick.
To each their own, but the blanket advice to use parking brakes is not
something I endorse.
so I can start a total.
I have never known a manual tranny to pop out of gear when parked. It takes
energy to move the shifter and there is just no place for that energy to
come from. (Not so an automatic, where the parking pawl is not assured of
seating in the first place.) The inescapable conclusion is that the shifter
was left in neutral. It happens to everybody at times - I'm sorry your son's
car was a victim of bad odds.
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