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Re: line locks as parking brakes?
I think it's a reliability issue that makes using them as a parking brake somewhat taboo. Not that my brakes leak or anything, but if pressure did bleed off, of course they would release. The cable is suppose, once engaged and the pedal on lock position, should be darn reliable. I find mine works very poory for resistance to rolling backwards. Motor vehicle code requires a separate system for the parking / emergency brake in our jurisdiction.
That's an interesting question about the "emergency brake" capability of the stock system. I honestly don't think I'd have the presence of mind to put my foot into the "emergency brake" unless it was a slow roll down a hill. Can't imagine trying it in an accident, even if my foot went to the floor with the stock system. I'd probably be concentrating my efforts elsewhere. Handbrake seems far more effective on any vehicle I've owned than my jeeps foot operated e-brake, especially since having made it's operation more difficult by installing a front hoop. Ideally, I'd like a hand operated disk or drum brake at the transfer case, and switch to rear disks.