More and more people are having their cars tuned or even lending a hand themselves. In addition to various engine upgrades or attachments of spoilers, there are also types of tuning that bring rather practical rather than visual or eye-catching benefits. This includes, for example, the automatic parking brake. In many of the more modern cars, it is already standard equipment and replaces the traditional handbrake or the manual foot parking brake as installed in the E38 7er BMW or in the VW Phaeton GP0. To find the automatic parking brake is often as a small lever or button in the cockpit of the car and it takes over the essential functions of a handbrake. As the name implies, this parking brake is used to secure the car at standstill from rolling away, for example, on slopes.
a push of a button and the car is safe
A disadvantage of the parking brake compared to the old-fashioned handbrake, however, is that, especially in older cars, the handbrake was often used for starting on mountains. The parking brake, however, can not be used for this purpose especially in the first vehicles with this function, because you can only turn it on or off when an auto hold function is not installed. And even if it has the auto hold function that is either solved or not! This means that unlike the handbrake, it can not be released slowly to make it easier to approach with a switch. Another shortcoming of the automatic parking brake is that it is often forgotten due to its inconspicuous size and obstruction in the car when parking, which can be fatal, especially on steeper roads when the vehicle does not issue a warning message. The good old handbrake, however, falls faster by their size and placement in the car and is thus less often overlooked by drivers or forget.
Often useful for novice drivers with a handset
One advantage of the electronic parking brake, which makes them so popular, among other things, that it offers much more space savings in contrast to the handbrake and especially the space in the center console of the car can be used elsewhere. Among the various types of electric parking brakes can be found also those in the form of an additional pedal with the foot (see note above - BMW E38 / VW Phaeton) must be served. While this might seem pretty handy at first glance, retrofitting a parking brake as a foot pedal should be well considered, as the extra pedal can often cause confusion, especially in the early days.
Conversion to electric handbrake hardly possible
Another reason that scares off a conversion from the manual handbrake to the electric variant is the cost factor associated with such a conversion or tuning. As with many types of car rearrangements, tuning to an electronic parking brake is a costly affair, so it's a good idea to think about it. The aftermarket has no components ready for vehicles without EPB. It is only possible to retrofit the EPB if the vehicle offers this option ex works in the surcharge list. Then you can possibly resort to the manufacturer and order the necessary parts and have installed by a specialist workshop. The effort including the integration into the electrical system is extremely complex and a guarantee that it works to 100% does not exist either.
the functionality is undoubtedly good
Despite some obvious drawbacks of the electric parking brake, however, one has to admit that its advantages seem to outweigh what is already made clear by the fact that almost all of today's cars are equipped with such an electric parking brake. In addition, the current vehicles are designed so that when starting on the mountain, the EPB can be used as an aid and the handbrake forgetting to solve is also excluded. We hope that you the info report on the topic / term EPB (further names / keywords: electric parking brake, EPB, electric parking brake, retrofit auto hold, electric handbrake) from the field of autotuning. Our goal is that the largest German-language tuning dictionary (Tuning Wikipedia) and to explain tuning terms from A to Z easily and understandably. Almost every day we expand this encyclopedia and how far we are already can you HERE see. Soon the next one will be Tuning scene concept be illuminated by us. Incidentally, you will be informed about new topics if you have ours Feed subscribe to.
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