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Hill Hold

rxs1407 Mar 31, 2007

  1. Amchlolor

    Amchlolor Active Member

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    Yes,actually I can say that.
    Prior to this car I can't think of any time I've rolled back,because I'm able to either hold a car on the clutch or use the handbrake and clutch together.
    I wouldn't have thought it was that difficult a skill really.

    To those that suggest using the handbrake in conjunction with DSG,that's been covered.
    You can do this,but then you end up with the car straining against the handbrake,because it's programmed to creep forward.
    The only way to avoid this is to stand on the footbrake or put the car into 'N',neither of which are a good solution.
     
  2. stevec

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    Found this whilst sorting out my new S3 insurance and reviewing the details of the car I had ordered.

    From the Audi configurator...

    "Prevents roll-back on hills for up to 5 seconds by maintaining brake force"

    Strange the manual is not so explicit. :ermm:
     
  3. Plank

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    Indeed. It's something novice drivers are tested on during their driving test, so it's somewhat remarkable that drivers of £30k+ cars seem to find it such a tricky skill to master!
     
  4. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    My car came as standard fitted with a Hill Hold device. It's called a handbrake and is very easily operated by the large handle between the seats. I learned how to to use it some 40+ years ago and it seems to work very effectively with both a manual and and a s-tronic gearbox.
     
  5. newbiecrg

    newbiecrg windsurfer

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    Funny you mention that! Mine also came with that "feature", do you reckon it's a Audi thing? :jump:

    Pedro
     
  6. rich1068

    rich1068 Member

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    Mine's got one and it's not even DSG! Christ, Audi are giving them away!
     
  7. Spook

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    God, these new Audis are getting technically very complicated. I can't find any instructions whatsoever in the handbook about how to operate the "handbrake". Typical **** Audi customer service again I reckon.
     
  8. SamDude

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    When did Audi and the other car makers put that there then?
     
  9. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    There is a full description, including a diagram indicating how to push the button on the end to release the handbrake and a section on Applying the handbrake and another on Releasing the handrake in the Driving section - p145 in my Sportback Owner's Manual. There is also a Warning about making sure the handbrake is realsed all the way othwise it could cause overheating of the rear brakes which could impair the function of of the brake system.

    It surprising what gems of exciting and useful information are provided by Audi's typical '****' customer service.

    I don't think the handbrake is an 'Audi thing' as I've had a very similar device fitted to all of the 20 odd cars over the last 40 years. All have worked in a very similar manner.
     
  10. MarcQuinlivan

    MarcQuinlivan Active Member

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    I suspect it may be a legal thing - they can't give an exact time just in case if switches off before that. i.e. they say 5 seconds, your car rolls back after 4 and hits somebody.

    I too have that wierd handbrake thing under my armrest... seems to do the job nicely! I didn't notice it at first until one day I was hoovering the car and lifted the armrest up to get down the side of the seat. Strange they don't mention it on the standard kit list.
     
  11. Plank

    Plank Member

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    I thought the handbrake lever was there to activate the rear wheel steering? Thats how it seems to work on mine - especially if I engage it at 60mph...
     
  12. SamDude

    SamDude Active Member

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    It used to be called the Handbag Break - somewhere to rest your handbag when you wanted a break.

    Due to equal opportunities, it was renamed to avoid discrimination against non-handbag users.

    :w00t:
     

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