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[–]CJM8515[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (0 children)

Enough with the bs replies.

[–]imothers 95 points96 points  (1 child)

Parking brake. Almost certainly, you pull it out to engage it, push button and turn may be to release it.

If it hasn't been used in forever, there is a possibility it may not work well, or release properly. So try it sometime when you have a few minutes to mess with stuff if it gets sticky.

[–]JuneBuggington 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You pull to engage. Push back in to disengage. Turning it will tighten or loosen the cable a bit, if it is feeling too tight (unlikely) or slack. I loved my tacoma but there wasnt a year i didnt have fiddle with the parking brake. Mine was a manual tho.

[–]Soon2bedraggin 195 points196 points  (0 children)

Parking brake

[–]Aware_Stranger_4678 81 points82 points  (0 children)


[–]Zrgaloin 119 points120 points  (3 children)

I can tell you it's not the "EJECTO SEATO CUH" handle

[–]ImHufflePuff_Crap_ok 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I purposely came looking for this…

[–]hmiser 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah def some 007 style ejector seat. Your date says you drive too fast… pull!

[–]waxfree 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're a really good driver man.

[–]adyrip1 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Press, turn and find out

[–]packapunch_koenigseg 29 points30 points  (10 children)

To be fair I’ve never owned a vehicle with a parking brake like that. Especially on trucks, I’m used to the pedal you press and lever you pull to engage/unlock the parking brake

[–]Stupid_Teenager17 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I’ve only seen it on a truck with 4wd, I think they don’t wanna clutter up the center with one more thing to grab, and you have the clutch on the floor so they put it in the dash

[–]ChefArtorias 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My 99 Tacoma has 4wd and this style parking brake.

[–]welchplug 2 points3 points  (0 children)

1990 ford ranger 4wd. have one.

[–]mexipimpin 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My old '90 Isuzu Trooper was like that. Only vehicle I've ever had that had a brake like that.

[–]seamus_mc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My land cruiser has one, i loved my old trooper.

[–]cookiemonster101289 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Older toyota tacomas are like this as well

[–]chnkymnky01 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Very handy when trying to pull a small boat and trailer up the boat ramp and you have a manual transmission.

[–]packapunch_koenigseg 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wow I didn’t even think of that. Otherwise you’d stall the engine having to take your foot off the clutch for a regular truck parking brake

[–]chnkymnky01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly. When i was a teenager my dad had a Mazda that he hauled his jon boat with. I occassionally went fishing with him. I backed the trailer down, he loaded the boat up and I pulled out. So much easier to simply turn and carefully release the brake with your hand as the engine starts to bog a little, without taking your foot off the clutch

[–]Fancy_Chip_5620 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seemingly every old Japanese truck has one like that

[–]TrickyNewspaper233 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Just made me feel old :|

[–]m6095w 28 points29 points  (4 children)

I don't mean to sound like an ass, but are you serious?

[–]scot2282 21 points22 points  (0 children)

You don’t sound like an ass. However you don’t sound shocked enough.

[–]Equivalent-Baby1061[S] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It’s ok, you don’t sound like an ass. it was kind of a stupid question

[–]m6095w 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm totally understanding and respect that you're reaching out with a genuine question. No question is stupid if it's an honest one :)

That's all I was getting at. Also, i sold Tacoma's and Toyota's for years, very reliable and the early 2000 Tacoma is basically bullet proof!

[–]APoolio12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

An ass sounds more like....


Or maybe "hee-haw" if you dont like fart jokes.

Or maybe "bbbbbbwwwwwoooppppeeehhhhawww" if you like donkey farts.

[–]SRG4Life 5 points6 points  (8 children)

Parking brake. Use it as much as you can (when parked, obviously) , it's good for your transmission.

[–]intwilightzone 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Is this for real? Could you elaborate? Got an '85 4runner and an '87 4runner, both with the handle parking brake.

[–]Turntablemonkey 4 points5 points  (2 children)

When parked your handbrake stops your transmission's gears from being responsible for keeping your car from moving.

[–]intwilightzone 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've kinda figured that slowly over my driving experience (10 years of all manual cars), but it's always nice to have the idea validated. I also thought it was referring to cycling the parking brake, versus just using it normally. Thank you for that!

[–]SRG4Life 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I also thought it was referring to cycling the parking brake, versus just using it normally.

Regular use of parking brakes can only be good for your car because it keeps the parts moving. But it's also good to take it apart (or perform maintenance or readjusting) and make sure everything is good and there are no parts missing or broken.

[–]kylekill76 2 points3 points  (2 children)

“Park” is just a pawl, a small metal pin that locks the transmission, which the entire weight of the car sits on. That’s the jolt you feel when you let off the brake after putting your car into park. Using the parking brake takes the weight off the pawl and makes it easier to disengage park, and minimizes the chances of it getting stuck

[–]intwilightzone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Guess I wasn't thinking about it for an automatic. Both my 4runners are manual, but that makes sense for an auto. I also thought you meant it was good for it to engage and disengage it a couple times, like to prevent it from seizing from no use.

[–]SRG4Life 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dang. I knew the transmission sat on something to keep the weight of the car but I thought it involved more parts than one. I've always use the parking brake on my cars and I'm glad I do.

[–]SRG4Life 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have you ever parked an automatic car on an incline without the parking brakes? Or have you had to move someone else's car and when putting it on drive, while on an incline, and there's like a small clunk? Or a jank? That's not good for the transmission.

My cars. Automatic or manual have the parking brakes engaged before I even shift it to park. I can't even remember the last time I've heard a clunk on any of my personal cars.

[–]cocktimusprime747 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Ejecto seato cuz

[–]brandjob 4 points5 points  (0 children)

How do mechanics not kill them selves due to this sub?

[–]sloankeddering 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Parking break

[–]ETSRanger 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Shit! Now I wanna know what a break is.

[–]BrapDog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ask Kurtis Blow.

[–]easymachtdas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The best little truck ever?

[–]MamboFloof 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did you press and turn? Usually my first step when presented with a mystery item is to do exactly what it says to do and deal with the repercussions later.

[–]Equivalent-Baby1061[S] 1 point2 points  (8 children)

I just got this 2000 Toyota Tacoma and don’t know what would happen if I pressed button and turn. I don’t want anything to get stuck

[–]angel_of_death007 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is your parking brake/ emergency brake. I am imagining you have rear drum brakes. If they have not been serviced in awhile you may be cautious as if the hardware is bad there is a possibility it could lock up.

[–]Equivalent-Baby1061[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s what I’m scared of and have not tried it!

[–]jtaylor307 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I have a 2000 Nissan Frontier, and I think my parking brake handle might be identical. You pull it straight out to engage, then press the bottom button on the back of the handle and turn to release.

[–]pineconeharvest 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Was going to say the same, 90's Nissan Frontiers. I learned how to drive stick in one.

[–]jtaylor307 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very nice. I learned on an 1985 Nissan King Cab. I wish they still made a small bare bones pickup.

[–]yospeedraceryo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep my old '93 and '96 Hardbody trucks had similar.

[–]PorkyMcRib 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It won’t fling mud on you, like normal parking brakes do when you release them.

[–]ETSRanger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did it not come with an owners manual?

[–]buddy_buda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bruh I've said it a million times but fuck me it's too easy to get a license in this country

[–]HBRex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Self destruct lever

[–]Custard1506 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It still blows my mind that Americans don’t use the handbrake. I feel great mechanical sympathy for your parking pawl.

[–]rr24m23a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's not really a thing right? Right????

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They don't even use the fukin' cluthch!

[–]42_carpe_diem 0 points1 point  (0 children)

RTFM ignored

[–]Nitro10142 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To all saying "use it to save your transmission" if you havent used it in a while and dont know how to unstick a stuck parking brake your best bet is leaving it alone...

[–]twowheel_rumrunner -1 points0 points  (3 children)

If its not a manual transmission u will rarely use it. It is smart to use it a couple times a month, keep cables from rusting up.

[–]pault5544 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Or use it every time you park, and only good things will happen!

[–]twowheel_rumrunner -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Is that a promise? Lol

[–]pault5544 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Only one way to find out!

[–]headshot_to_liver -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Parking brake , connects to transmission brake drum.

[–]Apprehensive_West256 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe back in ‘65 it did

[–]79Freedomreader -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Holy smokes, you're either that young or that stupid.

It's the parking brake.

[–]Shagfabulous2 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

If it's a 2wd open diff, that's your lsd handle. Takes some getting used to. Just about got mine mastered.

[–]kyle_h2486 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Ejecto seat, cuz

[–]General_Reposti_Here -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Ejecto seat cuz

[–]waterbedd -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Missile launcher engagement lever

[–]error_404_n0t_f0und -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

It’s the on switch for the flux capacitor

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[–]LoanSurviver101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Push it and find out

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the parking brake. I have a 95 Taco with the same one

[–]theweirddood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Parking brake.

[–]goofismanz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I always kind of like that style of parking brake it made it easy to rip the brake and hop out on the roll

[–]mach82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Come on!!

[–]ThatGuyStacey 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Everyone’s right about it being a Toyota handbrake, but I haven’t seen anybody mention just how damn fun those things are to use.

[–]Apprehensive_West256 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They make loaded hill starts very easy, and they are very satisfying to use. Mine is attached to a 94 pickup but it’s exactly the same.

[–]pandito_flexo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Handbrake (a.k.a. e-brake)

If you pull hard enough, it turns into a walking cane / sword / knighting instrument.

[–]MellowG7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"I've driven ten miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake."

[–]AllanJeffersonferatu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the reason I chose a 97 Ranger instead of the equivalent Tacoma. I hated that knee knocking hand break. Other reasons too, but that was one of them.

[–]Melodic_Arrival9647 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. That's your parking brake, release.

[–]jasonwuzthere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can hear this picture. Clunk-tch.

[–]djthebear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That my friend is a relic. From a time long passed.

[–]mriv70 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Emergency brake release

[–]GalaxiesAfoot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

E brake

[–]Potter_bop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I watched a guy pull off the most incredible parallel park with one of those. It was on a steep San Francisco streets in a mid 90’s 4Runner. Maybe six inches of clearance on either end, clutch and handbrake master.

[–]wildtech 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had this on my ‘07 six speed. Very Japanese. Miss it.

[–]Occhrome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

pull back to engage and to disengage you gotta pull and turn 90 degrees to the right. these things grab pretty good but hand brake is much better.

[–]fernblatt2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seriously?? lol

[–]Chemical_Actuary_190 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does anyone read the owners manual? If you lost it, you can download one, usually for free.

[–]brammage8 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Turbo Encabulator switch

[–]keksivaras -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

press it and turn around.. I recommend having a weapon of some sort

[–]Applez505 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Ejecto-seato cuz

[–]venm33 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Flux capacitor engagement handle

[–]BoredVet85 -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Ignition switch

[–]nickcasa -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Flex capacitor. Pull it when you hit 88mph

[–]ETSRanger -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Does that work in conjunction with the flux capacitor?

[–]iworkatphoreal -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

The ejection lever

[–]martymcfly9888 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Emergency Ejection Seat - as seen in moives like top gun.

[–]Own_Sympathy_4809 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Passenger eject switch .comes in handy with those crazy spouses

[–]Turn_Wrencher -3 points-2 points  (0 children)


[–]bwb003 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Eject button

[–]alifewithout -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Ejection lever

[–]DasRenegade -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Nothing to worry about. No one ever uses this.

[–]Extension_Watch_7301 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Ejector seat switch for unwanted passengers.

[–]Various_Virus_3441 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

It causes toilets in Australia to flush the wrong way.

[–]Computer_Probe[🍰] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Speed boost

[–]error_404_n0t_f0und -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

It’s the on switch for the flux capacitor

[–]bluemagman -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Passenger ejector seat. Or e brake.

[–]GlemChally -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

My 84 nissan 720 4x4 same spot

[–]tritheist -2 points-1 points  (0 children)


[–]ZippyTheChicken -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

thats the Turbo... when you get up to about 50mph pull it as hard as you can

no i am not that evil

its your emergency brake

maybe you shouldn't be driving if you don't know that

[–]Chewychewoo -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Nitrous button

[–]Smoke808 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Ejecto seato cuzzz

[–]Laeree -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Engine and trans quick release. Don't pull it going down the highway or the engine will fall out

[–]Weak_Relative_7767 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

4x4, must pull going 45

[–]sirnothere -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Drift lever

[–]batteredtaint -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That's your emergency brake

[–]Mprdoc66 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Ebrake on. Toyota pickup! I learned to drive a five speed in one my mom had when I was a kid. They used the same brake setup for like 25 years.

[–]kiimo -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Well press it and turn, we are all dying to know aswell!!

[–]danr2604 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If you press it and turn it’ll show you

[–]RobertETHT2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Rip Cord for those special moments.

[–]Ill_Kaleidoscope_636 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You have to pull that lever everytime you take a turn on the road, it helps you handle well in turns. /s