2010 Mitsubishi Outlander: Setting The E-Brake First
September 09, 2010
I was out in the Outlander yesterday with a friend. We were going to lunch and I parked on a slight hill. I did my normal thing, which is to put the transmission in Neutral, pull the parking brake, let the vehicle settle against the applied brake, and then finish by putting the transmission into Park.
Maybe my friend was just bored, but he asked me why I did that. I told him it's a methodology to keep any pressure or binding out of the transmission's Park mode by letting the vehicle's weight rest against the parking brake instead.
"In theory, it should help with transmission longevity," I told my friend. He said this was interesting but that probably 95 percent of people just slam their vehicle's automatic transmission into Park first, maybe set the parking brake after, and call it a day. He's probably right. And the world certainly isn't awash in transmission problems because of it. But I'll continue to be smug by setting the parking brake first.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor