General Car Rolls Backwards When Parked?

Discussion in '7th Generation (2003-2008) [Acura TSX]' started by sc489, Tuesday 2nd Aug, 2016.

  1. sc489 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I park my manual Accord in my garage with the handbrake off and in neutral. Having parked, the car inevitably rolls back up to 1 ft. If I push it forward, it rolls back again to the same spot. I don't understand this since there is no compression force from the engine with the engine in neutral. The garage floor is level and I've also noticed this on other manual cars I've owned.
     
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  2. Smokingman Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    That's one reason for a hand brake! Is your garage floor really level? is it different cars in the same garage? if so I suspect your floor is not level.

    Dream of getting my Accord into the garage.
     
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  3. sawf1 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Why do you leave the handbrake off?
     
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  4. sc489 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Less wear and tear on the handbrake mechanism, and I don't need a parking brake in the garage.
     
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  5. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    You do, as your car rolls back.
     
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  6. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    So if you park it 1ft further back, it shouldn't move at all or will it?
     
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  7. 2.4 8thGen Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Seems a little odd not to use the handbrake as this is part of the car to stop rolling anyway.
     
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  8. Nighthawk Guest

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    If you are parking the car up for a long time period of weeks or more then i could understand the wear and tear aspect of keeping the cable under constant tension. Other than that...thats what the handbrake is for....to stop the car rolling.

    What a bizarre post
     
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  9. Smokingman Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Bizarre indeed, or put a house brick or chock behind the wheel. Next jacking car up to save tires!
     
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  10. Nighthawk Guest

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    Or at least leave it in gear so that it cannot roll. If it rolls backwards, leave it in first gear, if its rolls forwards, leave it in reverse.

    Or don't drive it - you will put wear and tear on the suspension, engine and steering mechanism. But then by parking it, you are still putting stress on the suspension components. What to do - drive it and cause wear and tear, or don't drive it and still keep the suspension under pressure and therefore wear and tear on that. :Whistle:
     
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  11. Bounder Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Use everything the way it was intended to be used , if it wears out, fix it
    Lots of mechanical things depend on regular use to work and not seize up.
     
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  12. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    buy a piece of timber e.g. 2.4m from Wickes for £2.99
    Wickes Studwork (Cls) 38 x 63 x 2400mm Single | Wickes.co.uk

    lay it on the garage floor inline with the offside wheels (when the car isn't in there) and use a spirit-level to see if the floor really is flat, and look for any slight "hollows" under the timber
    then do the same for the nearside wheels
     
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  13. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    What if the planet moves a bit after you've done this? It may be safer to use the timber and spirit level as wheel chocks.
     
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  14. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    450-earth-stopping-spinning.
     
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  15. NottsBiker Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Was this ever a serious thread??
     
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  16. vincemince Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Bizarre thread
    You could make four little hollows in the floor - one for each wheel to fall into and rest in
     
  17. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I'm not sure that the OP's main intention in the thread is to ask for a way to park without having the handbrake on, the latter is only the reasoning behind is observation that the floor is flat. IMO the OP is puzzled as to why the car rolls with the handbrake off, on what he assumes is a perfectly flat area.

    My Accord does the same thing, and as it's the CM2, the handbrake is prone to binding .....indeed sometimes (if it's been parked for a few days with the handbrake on), when I drive away there is a slight "bang" when the shoe frees from the drum. So like the OP I also don't park at home with the handbrake on, and like the OP I have also noticed the car rolls to specific positions.
    But unlike the OP, I haven't assumed that the area is perfectly flat.
     
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  18. sc489 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Oh joy - a serious reply as the thread has got silly. Yes, I've noticed the "bang" after releasing the handbrake when applied in wet weather which is another reason I don't apply the handbrake in the garage. I might have a slight hollow in the garage floor but it measures level with a long spirit level.
     
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  19. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    That being the case. Leaving your car in gear whether it is auto or manual is Hondas official stance on parking. On a level it will not add wear or strain to the gearbox. If in doubt put a chock under the wheel. At least rolling backwards shows your brakes aren't binding.
     
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  20. Kash Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Agree with a few statements above. Always park in gear pending on incline/decline.