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Old 07-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Is it bad to park on an incline?

My driveway is on a slight incline and ive heard over the years that parking on an incline is bad for various reasons. I once heard its bad for the tires and then my Uncle the other day said its bad for the flywheel.

I am going to do a quick google search but wanted to see what you guys thought.

Am i better off just parking in the street?
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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I dont see why it would be bad, as long as you have the ebrake engaged...
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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you should probably turn the wheels so the are against the curb if possible. Also, engage the parking brake before you put in in park (if an automatic).
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:10 AM   #5
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I park on a incline everyday. Car hasn't complained since and she is a complainer. She is more worried about the idiots that park to close to her.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #6
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My driveway is on a slight incline and ive heard over the years that parking on an incline is bad for various reasons. I once heard its bad for the tires and then my Uncle the other day said its bad for the flywheel.

I am going to do a quick google search but wanted to see what you guys thought.

Am i better off just parking in the street?
Don't do it! If you care about your car never ever park on an incline! A decline is even worse! I carry a 6 foot carpenters level with me so I can ensure the ground is 100% level before I park my car on it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:14 AM   #7
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Don't do it! If you care about your car never ever park on an incline! A decline is even worse! I carry a 6 foot carpenters level with me so I can ensure the ground is 100% level before I park my car on it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #8
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I can't fathom how that could possibly hurt the tires.

I would worry more about what would happen to your car if you parked on the street. I would also stop taking car advice from your uncle.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:16 AM   #9
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I park on a incline everyday. Car hasn't complained since and she is a complainer. She is more worried about the idiots that park to close to her.

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:32 AM   #10
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you should probably turn the wheels so the are against the curb if possible. Also, engage the parking brake before you put in in park (if an automatic).
I'm guessing I didn't read the OP. Lol
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #11
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The only way it can hurt the car is if the parking brake isn't engauged and the car rolls into something or rolls out onto the street and gets hit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:11 PM   #12
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if you're gonna park on an incline, you should get square wheels. then it's not as bad for the tires
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:17 PM   #14
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My driveway is on a slight incline and ive heard over the years that parking on an incline is bad for various reasons. I once heard its bad for the tires and then my Uncle the other day said its bad for the flywheel.

I am going to do a quick google search but wanted to see what you guys thought.

Am i better off just parking in the street?
It doesn't affect the tires at all.

the one thing it will affect is if you happen to have an automatic transmission and you don't apply the parking brake BEFORE you put it into park, the car will roll backwards slightlyafter you put it in park applying tension to the parking pawl inside the trans. This will make it harder to shift the transmission out of park when starting the car.

Just make sure to apply the parking brake BEFORE putting the trans into park and the car won't roll backwards putting pressure on the parking pawl. This is perhaps what your Uncle was referring to.

An yes, if you are parking next to a curb, turning your front wheels so the car would roll back into the curb if something hapened is a good safety tip.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:22 PM   #15
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Parking on a hill with an auto will be an issue over time as you are putting continued stress on your parking pin within the transmission. Over time (years) you might break the pin off and then the car will....start rolling
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It doesn't affect the tires at all.

the one thing it will affect is if you happen to have an automatic transmission and you don't apply the parking brake BEFORE you put it into park, the car will roll backwards slightlyafter you put it in park applying tension to the parking pawl inside the trans. This will make it harder to shift the transmission out of park when starting the car.

Just make sure to apply the parking brake BEFORE putting the trans into park and the car won't roll backwards putting pressure on the parking pawl. This is perhaps what your Uncle was referring to.

An yes, if you are parking next to a curb, turning your front wheels so the car would roll back into the curb if something hapened is a good safety tip.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #17
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:18 PM   #18
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My driveway is on a slight incline and ive heard over the years that parking on an incline is bad for various reasons. I once heard its bad for the tires and then my Uncle the other day said its bad for the flywheel.

I am going to do a quick google search but wanted to see what you guys thought.

Am i better off just parking in the street?
A lot of weird advice gets passed down from generation to generation re: cars. Let's look at these things logically:

1) I once heard its bad for the tires.

What do tires do? They contact the pavement. That's their function. Objectively, how can the tire know, or care, if the surface it is parked on is at any angle? This idea may have come from the days of fiberglass belted and bias-ply tires, in which they would develop flat spots, deformities over night. It took several miles for the tires to heat up and 'smooth out' occasionally. But still, the incline they are at has no impact. It's where they contact the road and how much weight they bear.

2) my Uncle the other day said its bad for the flywheel

Flywheel, or flexplate? Either way, the flywheel or flexplate is securely bolted to the crank. The starter is securely bolted to the block. They will engage correctly regardless of angle the vehicle sits at. The flexplate shroud/scattersheild is also firmly affixed to the block. There is no possible misalignment here. Now, maybe he's thinking of thrust load on the crank, but that's a pretty sloppy set of circumstances that I would not have the vaguest concern over. With old cars I have talked to guys that had a 'button' brazed onto a crank so that thrust load would not contact a timing cover; the brass 'button' would take the load and act as a wear surface. There's bigger problems behind all that, problems you will not be experiencing in a new car


OK, so both myths. However, a couple real-life things that are facts-

The parking pawl on your transmission, if an automatic. Yes, it can fail, and if you are on an incline, bye-bye car! It's a small part and can be over-stressed. However, I have owned a car built in 1969 since 1989. The parking pawl never, ever...ever failed. Ever. Set the emergency brake before selecting park, and this very rare "issue" becomes completely irrelevant

The oil pick-up in your crankcase. It may be possible, if low on oil, to have the oil pick-up partly above the level of the oil, if on an angle fore-aft or left-right, in some cars. That's some cars. If the pickup cannot pull oil, your oil pressure is gone.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:34 PM   #19
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #20
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:40 PM   #21
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #22
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I hope not.

Been parking on a hill for 24 years.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:46 PM   #23
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The parking pawl on your transmission, if an automatic. Yes, it can fail, and if you are on an incline, bye-bye car! It's a small part and can be over-stressed. However, I have owned a car built in 1969 since 1989. The parking pawl never, ever...ever failed. Ever. Set the emergency brake before selecting park, and this very rare "issue" becomes completely irrelevant

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It isn't so much that the pawl fails, it's more that the pressure on the pawl can sometimes make it difficult to shift out of park due to the tension on the pawl IF the car is allowed to roll backwards slightly when putting it into park.
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It isn't so much that the pawl fails, it's more that the pressure on the pawl can sometimes make it difficult to shift out of park due to the tension on the pawl IF the car is allowed to roll backwards slightly when putting it into park.
Disagree. The pawl is a very small part and the impact for lack of a better term it takes from the car rolling into it when you take your foot off the brake can and does damage it over time. They way to prevent that is to set the e brake first, then remove your foot from the brake.

It is a very rare failure, as I previously posted.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:53 PM   #25
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