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Old 08-22-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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Question Is it ok to park your car w/ wheels turn-ed?

As stated in the topic, is it ok to park your car w/ wheels turned? or
should i alwayz keep the wheels straight, facin' front only?

reason is that i see that our car is like the european cars,
that it angles (camber?) when you turn ur wheels...

please advise~
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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I don't see a problem if you dont turn the wheels when the car is in a stand still.
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pros and cons to both but since your car is not moving... not too much of a difference

if your car is parked for a day or 2 with the wheels turned you wont do any damage but if you were storing the car for a while... i would keep the straight and flat on the road...

the pros come to parking on the street... it was taught in drivers ed to turn your wheels right when parking on a down hill and to the left when parking on an up hill... what this will do is block off the tire IF the car tried to roll away and would steer it out of traffic causing an accident.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:18 PM   #4
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+1^^

This. When parking on a hill, especially if you drive a stick, you should always turn your wheels so that the car angles into the curb first as it rolls (if both the brakes and gears don't lock it in place).

So, if you're driving up hill, and park, you should turn the wheel so that the front of the drivers side wheel points out into traffic. If your brake and gear (you left it in gear, RIGHT?) let go, the car rolls backwards, and the inside/passenger front wheel will roll INTO the curb, stopping the car. This only works if you've parked properly (ie. close enough to the curb).

Does Driver's Ed still teach this? Do they even teach manual trans anymore? (it's been a while. I feel old!)
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:44 PM   #5
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Performance parking for the win. Just make sure the car is angled and taking up two spots. Bonus points if you're using three.

In all seriousness though, yes you do want to park with the wheels turned on a hill as stated above. Yup, we learned that in Driver's Ed. Learned stick too, conceptually, all of the practice cars were automatic Plymouth Breezes.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:07 PM   #6
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did you pass your driver's test yet? because on any kind of incline, you're supposed to park with wheels angled.
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Old 08-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #7
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And, if you park on a hill in San Francisco with the wheels straight ahead, you WILL get a ticket.

No, it will NEVER harm your car.
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great! thx for all the replies!
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Park with the wheels upside down, so all the air is on the top
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Park with the wheels upside down, so all the air is on the top
This is terrible advice. The car will float away.
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This is terrible advice. The car will float away.
No,no, no! It's fine as long as you're nitrogen filled.
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how about filling your tires with helium?
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:19 AM   #13
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Just get wheels like this:

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pros and cons to both but since your car is not moving... not too much of a difference

if your car is parked for a day or 2 with the wheels turned you wont do any damage but if you were storing the car for a while... i would keep the straight and flat on the road...

the pros come to parking on the street... it was taught in drivers ed to turn your wheels right when parking on a down hill and to the left when parking on an up hill... what this will do is block off the tire IF the car tried to roll away and would steer it out of traffic causing an accident.
if you park on the right side of the road with your wheels turned to the left and there's no curb then ur car is gonna be in middle of the street....this is only done when there is a decent height curb to stop ur car for rolling out....but if there's no curb you have to turn the wheel towards the sidewalk regardless of if you're going uphill or not...so then the car will roll towards the sideway out of the street and avoid the middle of the road
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Nevermind.
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how about filling your tires with helium?
Nice ride, but they'll squeak like crazy!
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