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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yep...fairly cold in Calgary this week: -49 with windchill. Hovering around -30.

Now...I've been driving beat up, modified 4x4's as daily drivers for the last 20 years, and the 2011 F150 we have is my first new vehicle. Shouldn't be stuck/caught up in the cold, right...?

Truck started tonight...perrrfectly. Let it warm for a while, de-iced the windows, removed snow, and went inside to warm up.
Put truck in gear...eBrake off...off....ok, let's try that again...OFF. Nope, frozen (somewhere, line, or...). Damn. Stuck in my driveway from an over-zealous safety feature telling me I should NOT got to work.

Might seem dumb...anyone else have this wonderfully undocumented feature happen to them?

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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Nope as I don't use my E-brake, the pads are probably frozen,

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 12:50 AM
 
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My neighbour last year with his 2010 F150 4x4 5.4L couldn't get his truck to move either. Apparently between the snow up in and around the tranny and freezing cold temps some sensor was frozen and wouldn't let him shift gears. It got towed to the dealer because they didn't know what was wrong with it and they didn't actually do anything to it but thaw it out. Hasn't happened since. Not sure if its the same problem and I don't think the neighbour uses his e-brake either.

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 01:51 AM
 
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I don't use my e-brake in winter either. My last oil change in mid/late December, I was considering changing to a full synthetic....for easier startups. My Ford service advisor suggested that it wasn't worth it.

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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Certainly brakes for us: drag when trying to pull forward, and the dash light on for brake.
Thawing seems like our best option. Meh :p

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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hit about -22 here the other night... its a damp cold compared to alberta though



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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Cold? Starting to warm up here. Only -33 with -48 wind chill this morning. I never use e brake in winter. Too much trouble in our cold weather.

Such is life. Just passing through.

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Nope, add another vote for not using the emergency brake in the winter, and rarely if ever any other time of the year.

I always thought it was one of those things more suitable for a manual transmission application anyway....

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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i never use ebrake period. truck is an auto.



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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-18-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Can't remember what the temp was here in Kingston this morning but it cut right to the bone !!!


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