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Old 05-19-2017, 07:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What wheel drives

Hey guys,

I gotta work on my car in my driveway which has a slight incline.

Can anyone tell me what wheel drives the car and what wheel the e brake is on? (Front and rear discs)

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Old 05-19-2017, 07:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you referring to the wheel that is typically the main one off the differential? As in Driver/Passenger side? (That I'm unaware of, someone else here most likely knows. Mine was on a lift one time and it looked like my passenger side wheel was moving when the gear was engaged, the diff not being locked)
Or are you referring to front and rear wheels? Obviously its a front wheel drive. And I assume the parking brake is on the rear discs, but I could be wrong. If it helps, I always chock both the front and rear, just on opposite sides.

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E brake = both rear wheels
drive wheels = both front
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Hey guys thanks for the reply.

I have a Manual transmission. So I'm going to keep it in gear as well as e brake. But I thought the ebrake was only on one rear wheel as well as the drive wheel being powered by one of the front.

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Two things:
1) Get a pair of wheel chocks, there are times when you might have to put it into neutral or release the parking brakes (or someone might do so inadvertently) and they will keep the car in place. You may also be able to turn the steering wheel to direct the car into a curb (not all driveways have curbs) or safe area should it roll. After using blocks of wood and bricks for years I bought a inexpensive folding set, so long as they are set up right the work incredible well and don't slip.

2) check that your parking brake is set properly and working (it should click 8-10 times with 40 pounds of force applied to the handle when set) if your going past that point, or the car still wants to roll you should re-adjust the parking brake.

Due to the way a differential works one wheel has slightly more power than the other, this is most noticeable if you are on a very slick surface (i.e. ice), the passenger wheel will spin while the driver side just sits there. If your civic is an SI this is less of an issue due to their limited slip differential. In any case with the engine off, and the transmission in gear nether wheel is going to turn. The parking brakes start as a single cable from the parking brake leaver and branch off under the console to two separate wires, one to each wheel. On a rear disc car the mechanism is built into the caliper, the only visible part aside from the cable end is the lever and return spring.
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Great. Thanks A lot guys!

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