Garage is most likely sloped. I would always suggest setting the parking brake. I had a "parking pin" break on me many years ago and my car rolled into the neighbors house. I have set the parking brake on all my cars ever since!
Parking Pawl is a lever type mechanism that usually clicks into the output shaft, when you shift the transmission into park. Since the indent has to 'sit' into one of the grooves of the shaft as to not let it spin and thus move, there is always a slight movement of the vehicle, when you place it in park and release the brake pedal while the 'lock' happens.
Vehicles with mechanical parking brakes experience this less, even with the parking brake engaged, than vehicles with electric parking brakes.
My driveway has a slight slope as well. The van does drop back a few inches in Park. Like airforceb2cc, I always use the parking brake. It prevents things from seizing up, although it will probably burn out the little motor at some time and will only cost $1,000 to fix .
I usually am still in drive, with the foot on the brake pedal, depress the parking brake (foot is still on the brake pedal) and shift into Park. It still will gently roll. In inherent design of these electric parking brakes. I do not get that with my Ridgeline equipped with mechanical parking brakes.
I'm not sure what you're trying to say. One would reasonably assume the electro-mechanical parking brakes work about as well as a typical pedal setup, or the old "rip-cords" in the center console, at least in terms of design parameters. That is, they keep an already-stationary vehicle from rolling away under most reasonable circumstances. It's true they probably don't have as much power as you could generate by burying the pedal with your foot, but good enough is good enough.
I'd argue they actually have the potential to work better in some cases. For example: my grandmother thinks she sets the parking brake on her car, but she doesn't have enough leg strength to overcome the spring force and if you forget to release it and drive away, you wouldn't know the difference. She maybe gets 3 clicks on the pedal. No engagement whatsoever, she just takes up the slack in the mechanism. In a case like this, the electric version would be a great improvement.
One thing I've not experienced yet is trying to emergency stop using only an electric parking brake due to hydraulic failure. I'm not sure what would happen in this case.
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