Is it a parking brake or emergency brake?

Is it a parking brake or emergency brake?

Is it a parking brake or an emergency brake? A girl really has to know these things. You never know when that info will come in handy.

It is a parking brake, not an emergency brake. This is made clear in the TM 9-803 on page 17, ” Hand Brake (fig.5). The hand brake is applied by pulling out on the handle at the center of the instrument panel. Pull the handle out in a vertical position when the vehicle is parked. The brake is released by turning the handle one-quarter turn.” Emphasis added. This is not to say you couldn’t or shouldn’t use the hand brake in an emergency but that is not what it is designed for.

As a parking brake it is “okay” but I usually place a chock against a wheel anyway.

If you don’t have TM 9-803 it’s a good idea to get this manual right away – TM 9-803 Willys-Overland MB and Ford Model GPW Jeep Technical Manual.  It will answer many of your questions.

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