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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoy View Post
    Taking bumper off isn't too bad on the X351, the longest part is undoing the 10,000 screws holding the front undertray to the bumper.
    Yeah, I took one look at that and decided to make somebody else do it.

    The car goes back on Tuesday for another attempt at fixing the parking brake.
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    I have no idea if my parking brake works. To be honest I can never figure out whether I press it down or pull it up, so I just don't bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_doctor View Post
    I have no idea if my parking brake works. To be honest I can never figure out whether I press it down or pull it up, so I just don't bother.
    Just to be serious for a bit. You want to try to use it regularly. I used to be of the mentality that its an auto, and has Park, thus doesn't need a handbrake. However:

    1) If ever you have had an automatic gearbox in pieces, you will see how tiny and puny that parking lock is.
    2) One day it will fail an MOT because its seized through lack of use, and it becomes an expensive fix.


    Ever since a real problem getting a car through an MOT because just about every part of the handbrake had seized through lack of use, I *ALWAYS* ensure I use it every time I park. Without fail.

    So in an XJ (and most others), pull up is on, push down is off (so just like a normal handbrake lever, assuming you don't own an Aston)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoy View Post
    Just to be serious for a bit. You want to try to use it regularly. I used to be of the mentality that its an auto, and has Park, thus doesn't need a handbrake. However:

    1) If ever you have had an automatic gearbox in pieces, you will see how tiny and puny that parking lock is.
    2) One day it will fail an MOT because its seized through lack of use, and it becomes an expensive fix.
    OK. I promise to try harder, mom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoy View Post
    Just to be serious for a bit. You want to try to use it regularly. I used to be of the mentality that its an auto, and has Park, thus doesn't need a handbrake. However:

    1) If ever you have had an automatic gearbox in pieces, you will see how tiny and puny that parking lock is.
    2) One day it will fail an MOT because its seized through lack of use, and it becomes an expensive fix.


    Ever since a real problem getting a car through an MOT because just about every part of the handbrake had seized through lack of use, I *ALWAYS* ensure I use it every time I park. Without fail.

    So in an XJ (and most others), pull up is on, push down is off (so just like a normal handbrake lever, assuming you don't own an Aston)
    Couldn't agree more - use it or lose it applies to lots of areas on a car.

    And agree that the parking lock pin on an auto box is indeed puny, and has been known to fail - that failure combined with no handbrake ain't a good combination!!

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    I agree and tend to use mine more often than not when parking up for all the reasons listed above

    The use it or lose it does apply to some degree, similar to the powerfold mirrors that we see getting gummed up and seizing if not used.

    Jim
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    Non-working parking brake's an MOT failure item, isn't it?
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    Yes it is.
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