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Old 10-10-2008, 08:23 AM   #29
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I apologize if this seems to be slightly straying from the topic, but I think it is sort of related and perhaps interesting.

At the AutoPark Library, we quite often hear complaints or comments about "why don't they do this or that?" One of the pretty common remarks has to do with either the inclusion, OR lack of a manual pedal or lever to operate the parking brake. As we all know, many of the later versions are supplied with ONLY the yellow knob and the PARK position on the shift lever - - No manual device like a pedal or lever. So, on these coaches, you are pretty much totally dependent on the electronics and hydraulics that apply or release the parking brake.

The point of interest though, is that on some of the export coaches (I don't have hard information on which ones - - Only know for sure on some Georgie Boys), the system includes the PARK position, the yellow knob, AND the foot pedal as well. So it can, and has been done at the factory. I'm guessing that the people overseas who have the "say-so," have made it a requirement. I've encountered this on units in the UK as well as the continent.

I guess one could extrapolate this into an assumption that "somewhere" there are the parts available and specified to add the foot pedal to later versions of AutoPark - - all according to Workhorse design. Perhaps someone closer to Workhorse could comment on this.

A final point of curiosity - - Back around 1991, Chev made some morphs of the old AutoPark systems which ran off of the power steering pump, and these hybrids were equipped with the yellow knob on the dash, the PARK position on the shift lever, and NO manual foot pedal to apply the parking brake. Most of the systems of that era DID have the foot pedal - - I've never heard any explanation for this brief production of those without the pedal. Then it took them most of ten years to remove the pedal from the system - - again - - except for some export models.
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So then, I guess the consensus for some companies, and mostly all of the later model manufactures,...is that if you make an additional manual actuator available, then certain not so strong individuals won't be able to manually engage it....or at best...too loose to hold a heavy coach on an incline. And what would it be good for, except to have at least something, in case you wanted (probably a DOT thought also)...or had to disable your auto park? Better than having your co-pilot having to jump out and chock the wheels every time you stopped, I guess.
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