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I have a 2017 OB 2.5i and am concerned what is the best strategy for using the electronic parking brake EPB. If I engage it every time I park, two things could potentially go wrong...it freezes and has to be towed or it eventually breaks. If I don't use it, I worry about the wear and tear on the transmission.

What are you folks doing when parking on a flat surface....engaging the EPB or not engaging it?
 

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I've never had the freezing issue you mentioned, but I also don't part on much of an incline, ever. I'll use it if I park on the street or hill. I don't use it unless I have to.
 

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Interesting. I hadn't ever thought about it. I always use a parking brake, hill or not. On a steep hill, I even turn the wheels. To me, it is just another wear part, electronic or cable. So something you use and fix if it fails.
 

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On my '15 OB, I've never used it. Have no idea if it even works.
 
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I've used it on rare occasion. Really rare.

Never really used it on my prior vehicle either.
 

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On my previous 11" I used every single time whenever I park...winter weather, uphill, auto release by pressing the gas. I've had no issues. The hill holder is a beautiful thing.
I'm using it all the time on my 18" now.
 

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Living in rust country I learned early on in the days of cable operated parking brakes that using them was a good way to turn you vehicle into a permanently stationary object. It was also standard procedure when replacing rear brake shoes to remove all of the parking brake parts inside the rear drums to avoid any accidental engagement.

Things have changed a lot since those days but old habits are tough to break and I still can't seem to get past the idea that parking brakes are to never be used. I wonder if there is a 12-step program for this? :|
 

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I'd exercise it every now and then. Non-moving parts are likely to stay non-moving parts. And at $275/ ea for the motors, I don't want to find out if they work when I need them.
 

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Doesn't the electronic emergency/parking brake in the 2017s use a rotor system vs a cable?
 

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What are you folks doing when parking on a flat surface....engaging the EPB or not engaging it?[/QUOTE]

On a significant incline I'll use it but on a FLAT surface never have. Do what makes you happy cause stress kills.
 

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I use mine when parking will put pressure on the parking paw. Never on flat ground. I suspect it's a use it or lose it thing. If you never use it the 1 time you may really need it it may not work!
 

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On my 18 I’ve been using it every time I shut off the car, regardless of incline.

I too am in “never use your parking brake” country due to salt, but this feels like an entirely different type of system then the old cable pulls that were prone to seizing. I have no idea how this system actually works, but the direct interaction that you can feel in the pedal whenever you turn it on or off leads me to believe that using it in these climates won’t be dangerous in the same way.

If you’re mechanically inclined at all, you’re always going to be thinking about modes of failure in your machines. In this case I am more concerned about the health of the CVT than I am of the parking brake system. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the first thing to fail in the parking brake system is the paddle switch used to turn it on and off :grin2:

Only time will tell!
 

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40 years of driving and a multitude of vehicles in salty NY. We all use our parking brakes 100% of the time. Zero incidents.
 

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40 years of driving and a multitude of vehicles in salty NY. We all use our parking brakes 100% of the time. Zero incidents.
Agreed. Here in NY, a properly working parking brake is part of the annual safety inspection. If you never use a parking brake, it will seize up here due to corrosion. Daily use and you'll rarely have issues.
 

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Doesn't the electronic emergency/parking brake in the 2017s use a rotor system vs a cable?
And as such is less prone to freezing.

Thus I now use my PB every time.
 

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On my previous 11" I used every single time whenever I park...winter weather, uphill, auto release by pressing the gas. I've had no issues. The hill holder is a beautiful thing.
I'm using it all the time on my 18" now.
I didn't realize it would release when you applied the gas. Tested that out today and it works. I little abrupt, but works.
 

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I'd owned only stick-shift cars for 40 years before buying the OB. Setting the parking brake was just part of what you did when parking. Never had one seize.

Even though I'm skeptical about the whole "you'll ruin your automatic transmission if you don't set the parking brake" shtick, setting the brake is still part of the ritual. The downside of doing this is so small that I see no rational reason not to.
 
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