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  • I depress the clutch, put the car in first gear, set the parking brake, and turn the vehicle off.

    63 48.84%
  • I put the stick in the neutral position, set the parking brake, and turn the vehicle off.

    46 35.66%
  • I depress the clutch, put the car in SOME gear, set the parking brake, and turn the vehicle off.

    20 15.50%
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    What do you do with the transmission when you park? In gear or not?

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    Couldn't help but notice here and there that some folks seem to have pretty strong opinions about whether to put/leave a car with manual transmission in gear when parking. Thought I'd see if there's a strong trend one way or another.

    BTW, FWIW, the owner's manual says this:

    To park your vehicle:
    1. Press the brake pedal and move the
    transmission selector lever to the
    neutral position.
    2. Fully apply the parking brake, hold the
    clutch pedal down, then move the
    transmission selector lever to first gear.
    3. Switch the ignition off.
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    I try to place it into 3rd or 4th whenever I can remember :)
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    I never leave it in gear unless I park on a hill.... Just me though.
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    Never in gear unless on a hill. I got use to it because I've had remote starts on my stick shift cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcr557 View Post
    Never in gear unless on a hill. I got use to it because I've had remote starts on my stick shift cars.
    Obviously an important thing to consider! (The remote start, I mean.) I've always put the vehicle into first and set the parking brake, but at least as much because that's what my Dad taught me when I was a kid as anything else.
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    I normally turn off the car, set the parking brake and put it in first gear.
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    I have always left my cars in neutral. Seems like putting it first is the common choice.

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    I always leave it in gear. Its kind of a double security since the car won't roll away if the parking brake fails or if inadvertently forget to set it. But I don't specifically put the car in first, I just am in first already at parking speed and then when I stop the car and turn it off I just leave it where it is. Specifically shifting it to neutral whenever parked would require some extra thinking / more effort.

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    Always in first or second the set the Ebrake but not too hard.. Had the ebrake cable on or foot ebrake stick on OLD cars I have owned so force of habit will do that I don't even think about it cuz I have so many cars that rolled away from me LOL
    However you do it is fine as long as you take the responsibility for it I don't mind either or anyway .. ;)

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    When parking i normally have clutch in, brake pedal then switch of the car then ebrake. Usually in first or reverse dependin on the incline. Habit since previous car had gear lock :)


 
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