Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas
The brake should hold the car from rolling with the handle at 8-9 clicks up. It is NOT designed to stop the car under power. It is a parking brake, not a service brake that would be expected to stop the car while in motion. If the inspector you are taking it to does not understand that....take it somewhere else, or explain to them the actual function of the system. It should hold the car forward or backwards while on a slight incline while stopped.....that's all.
____________________________________ Joel Adams C3VR Lifetime Member #56 My Link
Vette(s): 1978 L48 Auto. Red with Oyster Leather interior. Owned since 1990.
I feel your pain! Back in my native UK the annual test is considerably more stringent than any US version and the rules are such that the car is tested on a slow speed rolling road and the "parking brake" is expected to bring the wheels to a halt, with the lever up no more than about 5 clicks!
That's fine for modern European cars built to those standards, but pretty hopeless for we Corvette owners. My solution was either a "friendly" tester, or, to synch it up before the test!
Here in France we have a much kinder system for "collection" cars (that is those over 30 years old, registered as "vehicules du collection", and the test is only every 5 years and is much more lenient.
That said, I spent a full day trying to reach the sweet spot between holding the car and not "dragging! I'd like to back it right off, but don't really like the idea of holding the car on the "park" pawl on anything other than a very slight incline.
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Stephen J Irons Corvette Club France
CCCUK Lifetime Member Corvettes of Southern California NCM Family Member Red Corvettes Have More Fun!
Vette(s): 1982 Collector Edition, Silver-Beige metallic, 40000 miles and counting.
2015 Z51 Red Convertible
Well, we are inspected and cleared for another year. I remembered back in the old days with self adjusting rear breaks, after new shoes, we use to back up several times applying the brakes hard. Gave that a try and it worked. Parking Brake held. Don't know if it was just coincidental luck, but I will take it and drive another year.
Now onto the inner driver door rattle, re-aligning that annoying driver window gap and rebuilding the pulse wiper switch....oh the joys of our toys. Good think we keep the beer keg and chairs close by.
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