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Old 01-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Can we ebrake?

I havent gotten a straight answer, will it **** the differentials or not? The snow finally got us here in NJ. The salesman said i can but that doesn't mean i actually can. 2012 impreza sport
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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The VC in the manual won't like it.

For the CVT, it depends on what the computer does when you pull the handbrake.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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Yes. You can use the ebrake. It's not going to tear anything apart. Just don't make a habit out of it.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:55 AM   #4
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you dont need a handbrake to drift awd in the snow. and if standard trans then dont.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:55 AM   #5
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you dont need a handbrake to drift awd in the snow. and if standard trans then dont.
What you mean standard trans?

Also, how do you drift awd in the snow without handbrake? hehehehe....
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:00 AM   #6
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you dont need a handbrake to drift awd in the snow. and if standard trans then dont.
I've heard its worse on the auto than the standard trans. Would it actually damage the standard if you didn't overuse it? From what I've been made understand from Subaru techs using the e-brake can increase wear long term but won't directly cause any damage.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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If you are looking for "go ahead, doing donuts and e-braking (no matter the trans) is totally fine" you hopefully won't get that answer here.

I did a couple of rounds in a local lot one night. It was fun. I wouldn't do that regularly, because it is abusing a car I plan on keeping.

You can abuse your car, but don't expect that to come with no mechanical wear and tear on the differentials or brakes.

If it is only abused occasionally, it is still abuse, but probably won't result in a problem for you.

If are like the other guy on the thread who wants a TSB because his e-brake clunks when he pulls it while in motion, that ain't gonna happen either. The solution to eliminating that clunk is to stop pulling the ebrake while in motion.

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:24 PM   #8
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If you are looking for "go ahead, doing donuts and e-braking (no matter the trans) is totally fine" you hopefully won't get that answer here.

I did a couple of rounds in a local lot one night. It was fun. I wouldn't do that regularly, because it is abusing a car I plan on keeping.

You can abuse your car, but don't expect that to come with no mechanical wear and tear on the differentials or brakes.

If it is only abused occasionally, it is still abuse, but probably won't result in a problem for you. However it is still adding wear and tear to the mechanical parts.

If are like the other guy on the thread who wants a TSB because his e-brake clunks when he pulls it while in motion, that ain't gonna happen either. The solution to eliminating that clunk is to stop pulling the ebrake while in motion.
this guy gets some up points!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:47 PM   #9
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If you are looking for "go ahead, doing donuts and e-braking (no matter the trans) is totally fine" you hopefully won't get that answer here.

I did a couple of rounds in a local lot one night. It was fun. I wouldn't do that regularly, because it is abusing a car I plan on keeping.

You can abuse your car, but don't expect that to come with no mechanical wear and tear on the differentials or brakes.

If it is only abused occasionally, it is still abuse, but probably won't result in a problem for you. However it is still adding wear and tear to the mechanical parts.

If are like the other guy on the thread who wants a TSB because his e-brake clunks when he pulls it while in motion, that ain't gonna happen either. The solution to eliminating that clunk is to stop pulling the ebrake while in motion.
Not to mention pulling the e-brake on anything other than dirt, grass or snow can put some pretty massive stress on wheel bearings. In fact I can't think of any reason you would ever pull it on anything other than those types of terrain, and even then just to provoke a tailslide...which can be done (at higher speeds) with throttle and steering... Its fun to spin the car 180 degrees. It doesn't really accomplish much though ultimately.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #10
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Also, how do you drift awd in the snow without handbrake? hehehehe....
with two hands and your right foot.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:31 PM   #11
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What you mean standard trans?

Also, how do you drift awd in the snow without handbrake? hehehehe....
-Turn of traction control.

-Make sure you're not near any curbs or other things you don't want to hit, especially if you aren't sure exactly how the car will respond.

-Go around a turn with lots of gas.

In the 5 speed, you can hang the tail out pretty far on loose surfaces. I dunno about the CVT.
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