noise while shifting gear from P to R, starting from a slope park

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by johnxsun, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. johnxsun

    johnxsun Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I am driving a honda accord and lately noticed a noise when I shift
    gear from P to R. This only happens when I start the car from a steep
    parking area. The gear feels very heavy and a big noise comes out while
    shifting. It's not a problem when the car is parked in flat place. I am
    not sure if it's a problem that I should do anything about it or it's
    just normal. Thanks in advance for any helps.

    johnxsun, Sep 5, 2006
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  2. johnxsun

    ottguit Guest

    Don't put in P until you've put the handbrake on good and solid.
    You shouldn't depend only on the Park Pin on a steep hill.
    ottguit, Sep 5, 2006
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  3. johnxsun

    johnxsun Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I do put in P after thehandbrake. But sometime,
    the car will slide down a just little bit and whenever this happens,
    the noise explained above will be very loud. This is what I worried.
    Anyway, do you think this will hurt the car in any way?

    johnxsun, Sep 5, 2006
  4. johnxsun

    ottguit Guest

    You need to make sure that the Handbrake is holding the Car before you
    put it in Park.
    Park is not designed to hold the car on a Steep hill.
    The Handbrake works better when car is pointing downhill than Uphill.
    If necessary, point the front tire against the Curb to hold it as well.
    ottguit, Sep 5, 2006
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    When arriving, you need to release the foot brake and be sure the park
    brake is holding, THEN slip it into Park. When leaving, start it up, put
    in drive or reverse, foot on brake, then release the park brake.

    It IS noisy if you get the order wrong. :)

    'Curly Q. Links', Sep 5, 2006
  6. It's binding of the Parking Pawl in the transmission. While it's not the
    best thing to do,
    I have never seen a failure attributed to doing this.
    Most Automatic Transmissions will release with a "Bang" when you do this on
    a hill...
    Rastis P. Buttsnort, Sep 5, 2006
  7. johnxsun

    johnxsun Guest

    Thanks, Curly,

    Here is what I am doing at arriving at the hill parking lot:
    1. stop the car using foot break and keep the foot on the break.
    2. slip to P and do the hand break (the order is reversed sometime).
    3. release foot break (sometime the car will go back slightly at this

    You are syaing I should do at arriving:
    1. stop the car using foot break.
    2. do the hand break.
    3. release the foot break.
    4. slip to the P (but car could be moving...?)

    Is this true?

    johnxsun, Sep 5, 2006
  8. johnxsun

    ottguit Guest

    If the car goes back slightly, it means you are parking with the front
    of the car going uphill, try backing into your parking place so the car
    is facing downhill, the hand brake might hold better then.
    ottguit, Sep 5, 2006
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    Exactly. You want to be sure the park brake is the only thing holding
    the car (except possibly the curb or parking block) before you put it
    into park. If the hand brake isn't holding correctly, it could be (1)
    dirty / rusty from not being used enough, (2) in need of adjustment, (3)
    too steep hill.

    I like my park brake to lock on 5 or 6 clicks, although many honda
    manuals say 3 or 4 should do it. I like the handle to come up a bit
    higher for better body mechanics (I'm tall).

    'Curly Q. Links', Sep 5, 2006
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