Parking your S-tronic?

S32B

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My mate has just been in the car with me, when I pulled up and stopped he said "You're doing that wrong" :wtf:

I had done the following:
1: Foot on brake
2: Pushed P on the gear lever
3: Pulled the park button up
4: Foot off brake and pushed engine off

He said it should be:
1: Foot on brake
2: Pull the park button up
3: Push P on the gear lever
4: Foot off brake and engine off

Obviously we both thought we were right, so we looked in the book and it turns out he was right!!! :pensive:

So how do you do it and does it make any difference in general, or does it add to wear and tear on the gearbox doing the gear lever P first? I know on the old style Auto's they used to say in P it puts weight on the gearbox pin or something like that!?!?
 

JohnM100

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1: Foot on brake
2: Pull the handbrake button up
3: if on anything other than flat ground: Foot off brake pedal - especially if on incline/decline as you’ll notice the car ‘slump’ an inch or two. If on a significant slope I do this in N.
4: press brake pedal and Push to P on the gear lever
5: Foot off brake and engine off

The parking pawl isn’t that strong, and that slump will wear it in time if you go straight to P.

I have Hold Assist but don’t think that makes a difference in this scenario.
 
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S32B

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1: Foot on brake
2: Pull the handbrake button up
3: if on anything other than flat ground: Foot off brake pedal - especially if on incline/decline as you’ll notice the car ‘slump’ an inch or two. If on a significant slope I do this in N.
4: press brake pedal and Push to P on the gear lever
5: Foot off brake and engine off

The parking pawl isn’t that strong, and that slump will wear it in time if you go straight to P.

I have Hold Assist but don’t think that makes a difference in this scenario.
Yeah forgot to say I have hold assist as well. Plus mine is slightly different, I just push p on the lever, the lever doesn't move position.
 

Adam14

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I do it the same way as you do.

1. Foot on brake
2. Press P button on gear lever
3. Active EPB
4. Foot off brake and engine off


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The Cardinal

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We live on a hill and I'll sheepishly admit to the following "technique":

1. Foot on brake
2. Select P via gear lever
3. Turn off engine

By some voodoo magic (Hold Assist?), the EPB engages at some point without me thinking about it. :shrug:

@Adam14 - I'd be interested in your comparison notes on the S3 -v- S5. I spent an entertaining 25 minutes on the M4 with a 2018 S5 yesterday, which was being piloted in a discerning way. We were joined by a 2014 RS5 for c.10 minutes as well. Sadly there was a lot of traffic between the fun and we were very responsible anyway.
 

nothingness

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I do
Come to stop
Put car in P
Put EBP on
Ignition off
On an 8P dsg model if you put the handbrake on before putting it into P it would roll forward slightly and put strain on the handbrake, felt like the car was stretching.
 

Adam14

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We live on a hill and I'll sheepishly admit to the following "technique":

1. Foot on brake
2. Select P via gear lever
3. Turn off engine

By some voodoo magic (Hold Assist?), the EPB engages at some point without me thinking about it. :shrug:

@Adam14 - I'd be interested in your comparison notes on the S3 -v- S5. I spent an entertaining 25 minutes on the M4 with a 2018 S5 yesterday, which was being piloted in a discerning way. We were joined by a 2014 RS5 for c.10 minutes as well. Sadly there was a lot of traffic between the fun and we were very responsible anyway.

Two very different beasts. I initially regretted the change in the first few months but glad I changed now.

As a quick comparison the S3 was a very quick and fun car, albeit it attracted a lot of attention from “boy racers” (yes I know I’m young, but even so it gets annoying).

S5 much better GT, still extremely quick but very comfortable and surprisingly economical.

Thought of selling the S5 a few months back with prices being strong but not a clue what I’d get. IMO anything that would be an upgrade/worthwhile would be a lot more money a month (RS5, C63, Porsche 718 Cayman etc etc) so for now I’m sticking with it as it’s hard to beat, does a lot of things wel


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JohnM100

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I do
Come to stop
Put car in P
Put EBP on
Ignition off
On an 8P dsg model if you put the handbrake on before putting it into P it would roll forward slightly and put strain on the handbrake, felt like the car was stretching.

For the 8P that was putting the strain on the parking pawl buried in the gearbox instead - more expensive to fix that vs rear brakes.
 

JohnM100

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EPB before shift to P, according to the handbook
 

nothingness

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I miss the auto hold button I had before, but even that doesn't engage the EPB either.
 

S32B

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lol good to see I'm not the only one that has to think about this!!! :D
 
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