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    Quote Originally Posted by 2katman2 View Post
    Somebody opened the passenger door tonight while my car was moving, and I was relieved that it didn't throw the trans into park.
    In my car it just ejects the passenger.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Esponte View Post
    In my car it just ejects the passenger.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Esponte View Post
    In my car it just ejects the passenger.
    That's one option I regret not getting.
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    i think this guy is super confused.
    you opened the door, the car transmission went to PARK.
    you then PUSHED THE HANDBRAKE, (push or pull the handbrake does the same thing) it's an electronic button.
    Anyway the car was in PARK (hence the P SIGN) you engaged handbrakes thinking you are disengaging it, nothing is moving (system is doing its job)
    you kept on pressing gas, that does not do nothing in PARK.

    You should have READ YOUR MANUAL how to drive the car first, then released the handbrake (pull or push the button) then put the car in DRIVE then drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa4ul View Post
    Just don't ever forget about this either because if you open the door while the car is rolling it will also throw the transmission into park and will spill whatever large cup of coffee you have all over the interior!
    i hate that feature,
    i always need to roll the car with the door open to adjust my parking position in my garage. I have some markings on the garage floor where i need to stop on to clear the garage door and other stuff inside the garage, and the first couple times i opened the door while the car was rolling shocked me, it's very abrupt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xzatx View Post
    i think this guy is super confused.
    Yes, I agree, completely. Unfortunately, I think there's a lot of confusion about terms and what things perform which functions. Just to add to your comments.

    1. The electronic button on the bottom of the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel (in LHD cars, at least) is the emergency brake. It is also sometimes called a parking brake, hand brake or ebrake. As can be seen in this thread alone, people call it different things. It serves the same ultimate purpose as the hand brake situated between the seats on many older (especially foreign) cars and the small brake engaged by foot in SUVs and many older American cars.

    2. The "P" button in the center console (on the 45) is the equivalent of a parking "gear" or position on an automatic transmission. As Pete pointed out, it's just a pawl that stops the gears from spinning. While the OP is accurate in pointing out that the DST isn't technically an automatic, it also isn't just a manual, in the traditional sense of the word. It's a hybrid of sorts. The "P" doesn't, however, engage a brake of any sort. He was right in initially thinking of it as the "P" in a traditional automatic.

    3. I think the OP was also confused about the HOLD feature that electronically keeps the brakes engaged after you've held down the brake pedal. To the best of my knowledge, this feature does NOT engage the emergency brake. It just keeps the brake pads engaged until you touch the accelerator or brake pedal again. I could be wrong but I'm venturing a guess the OP might not realize that an emergency brake is typically a completely separate braking system from the brakes that stop your car. When you apply an emergency brake, you aren't just engaging the same pads that would otherwise slow your car down during routine braking.

    4. As others have pointed out, opening the driver's door will (below certain speeds) engage the Park function on the transmission. It does NOT engage the brakes or parking brake.

    Quote Originally Posted by xzatx View Post
    you then PUSHED THE HANDBRAKE, (push or pull the handbrake does the same thing) it's an electronic button.
    Actually, I believe this is incorrect. If you push the emergency brake, it will engage. I will double check but I don't think pushing it again will disengage it or, really, do anything. I'm so used to doing it that I don't even pay attention to the process anymore but I'm fairly certain must pull the electronic button towards you to disengage the emergency brake on the 45. This is done to ensure that you don't accidentally disengage the brake just by tapping it. On the other hand, pushing "P" on the transmission will repeatedly engage and disengage the function, again, having nothing to do with the car's brakes or ebrake.

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    Re: eBrake button ... most definitely:
    - push to engage rear wheel brake
    - pull to disengage

    However ... multiple push action during motion (even at highway speeds) incrementally increases rear brake force - this is the e-version of the old manual pull-the-handbrake in an emergency.
    Too bad that ebrake button is not appropriately positioned for dynamic spin around maneuvers 😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by xzatx View Post
    i hate that feature,
    i always need to roll the car with the door open to adjust my parking position in my garage. I have some markings on the garage floor where i need to stop on to clear the garage door and other stuff inside the garage, and the first couple times i opened the door while the car was rolling shocked me, it's very abrupt.
    You should ditch the markings on the floor, and go with the hanging tennis ball. Works with all sizes of cars.
    Pull into your preferred spot. Put an old tennis ball on a string, and hang it so it just touches the center of your windshield. Now, every time you pull in, just hit that spot, and you are good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Dave View Post
    You should ditch the markings on the floor, and go with the hanging tennis ball. Works with all sizes of cars.
    Pull into your preferred spot. Put an old tennis ball on a string, and hang it so it just touches the center of your windshield. Now, every time you pull in, just hit that spot, and you are good.
    i love that idea haha.
    i'll look into that!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Esponte View Post
    Yes, I agree, completely. Unfortunately, I think there's a lot of confusion about terms and what things perform which functions. Just to add to your comments.


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    me too, it also has become an automated muscle memory thing, I think it's right that you pull the switch to dis-engage. ill verify today .
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