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    Thread: Is it ok to park ur car on a sideways slope?

    1. 02-16-2002 12:18 PM #1
      i have all these parking spaces in my work place and they're REALLY slanted, like 45 degrees. i know sometimes we park have to park on hills. but these park spaces are designed for u to park sideways. i was wondering if this would be ok for my suspension cos if i did it in the long term, it might give me uneven, left/right suspension handling characterisitics.

      ok, stupid question, but just curious cos i don't want to do any harm to my car.


    2. 02-16-2002 12:24 PM #2
      Really 45 Degrees?? that is REALLY steep. I would think that your car would tip at that kind of angle.

    3. 02-16-2002 01:15 PM #3
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      Really 45 Degrees?? that is REALLY steep. I would think that your car would tip at that kind of angle.

      Now that we've decided to be helpful


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      02-16-2002 02:05 PM #4
      Unless you plan to park the car there for a few years without moving it, no damage will occur to suspension.

      However, if your employer is really providing you with a parking spot that slopes 45 degrees, you had better look for a new job. No sure most people can even stand up on a slope of 45 degrees unless they have really sticky shoes, much less drive a car on it.


    5. 02-16-2002 02:07 PM #5
      maybe not 45 degrees, that's the maxium angle for true SUV's like the Range Rover

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      02-16-2002 02:07 PM #6
      sounds like a need for a Hummer..

    7. 02-16-2002 03:33 PM #7
      You might want to dust off an old geometry book, b/c I don't believe you realize how steep a 45 degree slope would be.

    8. 02-16-2002 04:06 PM #8
      Its probably more like a 30 degree slope! 45 degrees is really steep!

    9. 02-16-2002 05:36 PM #9
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      Its probably more like a 30 degree slope! 45 degrees is really steep!

      lol, yeah, i'm sorry. i know, its not 45... its more close to 35. but i just wanted to put 45 to make it more significant. if i put some small number like 30, u guys probably would flame me for being a sissy on my car. well, i guess the answer is, it doesn't really matter.

      EDIT: btw, i don't have a company how's abusive to cars. its just that we have this multi-level parking lot and there's parking spaces as the car goes up the levels.


      [Modified by scud6661, 5:39 PM 2-16-2002]


    10. 02-16-2002 05:45 PM #10
      you guys should see some of the parking on streets in frisco, i'll be damned if there arent a few at about 45degrees

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      02-16-2002 06:50 PM #11
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      you guys should see some of the parking on streets in frisco, i'll be damned if there arent a few at about 45degrees

      Haha I doubt you could drive your dub up a 45 degree incline.


    12. 02-16-2002 09:34 PM #12
      I think someone with 4inch muffler tips and 2inch drop cannot climb over a 20 degree slope, right Deception?

    13. 02-16-2002 10:14 PM #13
      yeah 45 degrees is quite steep, see the redline here for the visual.
      I dont think there would be any adverse affects either if it want there for an extended period of time.

    14. 02-16-2002 10:54 PM #14
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      Ha ha! All I can do is look at that red line and see a little jetta barrel-rolling down to the y-axis. Boom!


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      02-17-2002 12:02 AM #15
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      I think someone with 4inch muffler tips and 2inch drop cannot climb over a 20 degree slope, right Deception?

      I can, but it would have to be super slow and I'd have to crank the wheel all the way to one side.. lol.


    16. 02-17-2002 01:52 AM #16
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      sounds like a need for a Hummer..

      Lol.


    17. 02-17-2002 10:10 PM #17
      because ive seen no valid help so far except for the mathamaticians... no it wont cause you any problems..... unless you leave your car sitting there for years in which case you have a host of other problems.... if your that worried about it try parking somewhere else and if thats not an option just alternate from backing in to pulling in and that way any wear or abuse that does occur is at least even....


      CHRiS


    18. 02-17-2002 10:25 PM #18
      it won't damage your suspension, but what it can do is affect your engine seals. All that oil is going to slosh over to one side of the engine and leak into your seals. This process can take a rather long time. I know this cause a neighbour of mine always parked her car on a slope in her driveway, and 2 years after continuously parking at the same spot, the mecanics working on her car finally figuered out why they had replaced the same seal 4 times on a new car.

    19. 02-19-2002 05:30 AM #19
      so im going t have to park on a flat surface just to save my engine?

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      02-19-2002 05:32 AM #20
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      so im going t have to park on a flat surface just to save my engine?

      No damage will be done unless you park on the slanted surface for a looooong time and not move the car. Don't worry.


    21. 02-19-2002 07:06 AM #21
      If you're worried about it, pull nose in one day and back in the next. Should keep everything even.

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