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Old 10th January 2007, 00:57   #1
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Default Disengaging hand-brake / gears from underneath the car

I have heard that the car lifting guys, who come with the cops in truck cranes to lift illegally parked cars are able to disengage the handbrake and/or gears in a matter of seconds from underneath the car and then lift it and take it away to the station. Is it true? If yes, then even thieves can do the same, right? I now pull the handbrake all the way up, lock the steering to one way and slot the gear in reverse when parking in a new/unfamiliar area.
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Old 10th January 2007, 10:22   #2
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yes it is true, i have seen it done in delhi, areas like gaffar market and kamla nagar and all the car it is done on are maruti- 800, alto and zen atleast from what i have seen. it was shocking when i saw it for the first time around 10 years ago in karol bagh.
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I am not sure they can disengage the gear from underneath. They usually circumvent that by towing the car from the front end. Most cars are front-wheel drive and the rear wheels rotate freely.
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they cut the hand brake cable and tow lifting front wheel
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they cut the hand brake cable and tow lifting front wheel
Cutting the cable is legal ?? Maan this is scary.....how can they do that ? That can amount to robbery.


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I heard if a towing van is taking away your car , you can stop it if the number plates are in white background as only vehicles with yellow background on number plates are allowed to tow the cars. Is this true ?
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They use the handbrake in the cabin...the cars are unlocked first using various means. So no cutting of handbrake cables...if that were the case, many people would be dragging them to the courts.

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I have heard that the car lifting guys, who come with the cops in truck cranes to lift illegally parked cars are able to disengage the handbrake and/or gears in a matter of seconds from underneath the car and then lift it and take it away to the station. Is it true? If yes, then even thieves can do the same, right? I now pull the handbrake all the way up, lock the steering to one way and slot the gear in reverse when parking in a new/unfamiliar area.

Starting a car that has power steering with the steering turned to one direction is harmful for the vehicle, puts extra load whilst starting.
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Amby & fiat's gear could be disengaged from underneath since they used linkages as they used side levers for engaging gears. The floor shift version sits right on top of the gear box, hence no linkage. So, it is not possible to disengage the gear from underneath.

On the contrary, since most of the recent vehicles are front wheel drive, they are towed with their nose up..!!

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I am not sure they can disengage the gear from underneath. They usually circumvent that by towing the car from the front end. Most cars are front-wheel drive and the rear wheels rotate freely.
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since most of the recent vehicles are front wheel drive, they are towed with their nose up..!!
So what about Omni, which is a rear-wheel drive ?
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bangalore atleast twice i have seen these private guys cut the cable, once in koramangala and once near cmh road :(

if u park in toe zone, dont apply hand brakes
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