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Old 01-29-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Have a VERY steep driveway, now that I live in el paso Texas. (all hills) and I usually park my car in the garage but sometimes I leave it in the driveway w the E brake pulled, when I put it down and shift in reverse it makes a loud THUNK sound as it should I guess but I'm wondering how bad that is on my car or if it could cause problems later...
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Re: Shifting in sloped driveway

Mine will do this as well at times, I have a steep drive way...I usually just keep it in neutral and cost down the drive way. My Escape does the same thing and it’s an auto. I think it is just the pressure built up switching from park to drive…it seems not to do it when I press down on the brake before releasing the emergency brake and putting it in reverse. Matter of fact I don’t think my Pony does it since it is a manual…maybe I’m wrong I’m trying to remember I’m not at home with my babies.
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Have a VERY steep driveway, now that I live in el paso Texas. (all hills) and I usually park my car in the garage but sometimes I leave it in the driveway w the E brake pulled, when I put it down and shift in reverse it makes a loud THUNK sound as it should I guess but I'm wondering how bad that is on my car or if it could cause problems later...
Leave it neutral and roll down the drive way and when u hit the bottom of the drive way and stang straightens out put it into reverse.....mine does the same thing
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Re: Shifting in sloped driveway

yea they can do that when left in gear on a hill.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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Leave it neutral and roll down the drive way and when u hit the bottom of the drive way and stang straightens out put it into reverse.....mine does the same thing
This is what I would do, or you could make sure you engage and disengage the parking brake when the drivetrain isn't under pressure from sitting on the hill. When I had an auto and was parking on a hill I would always put the car in neutral, let it roll a smidgeon and stop it with the brake pedal, then apply the parking break and put the trans in park. When leaving I would put the car in neutral again and ensure that I was holding the car with the brake pedal, and then release the parking brake and put it in reverse. This is probably overkill, but I didn't care for that loud thunking myself!

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This is what I would do, or you could make sure you engage and disengage the parking brake when the drivetrain isn't under pressure from sitting on the hill. When I had an auto and was parking on a hill I would always put the car in neutral, let it roll a smidgeon and stop it with the brake pedal, then apply the parking break and put the trans in park. When leaving I would put the car in neutral again and ensure that I was holding the car with the brake pedal, and then release the parking brake and put it in reverse. This is probably overkill, but I didn't care for that loud thunking myself!

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PS - I see this is your first post, welcome to the forums!

As a quick aside, this is the '10-14 secion and your avatar is showing an 05-09 S197. If you have tech questions, they might be able to help you in the 05-09 section better than here. Most of us are 5.0 owners and I think the 4.6 2010 guys post their tech stuff in the 05-09 forum since the 05-09 and 10 are mechanically identical.
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Normal stuff..welcome.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:04 PM   #8
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Very helpful, and I had no idea I was in the 10-14 section, thanks anyway tho I'll try this advice
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