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    Does anyone know how to get the Hill Start Assist to work correctly, I think this the the correct name.

    Manual says if you press hard on the footbrake and then take off electronic handbrake you will get a couple of seconds held on the brake before if releases.

    Obviously we have not had the Insignia long but I cant get this to work at all. Keeps creaping up or down the hill - really worrying!!!

    Any tips!

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    dont you just pull away with hand brake on then when it starts to stretch it releases. you dont have to release the handbrake or touch the brake peddle.

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    When I had an Insignia for a week I found the same as kdadidog, pull away with the handbrake on & it releases

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    If you are at a stand on a hill or slope ,once you take your foot off the brake they hold for about a second then release.Quite smart :-) Ive never used the hand brake when at a stand ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S100 View Post
    When I had an Insignia for a week I found the same as kdadidog, pull away with the handbrake on & it releases
    Yes that's exactly how it works, also as stated, on a hill there is a slight delay before it releases to give you time to catch it on the clutch.

    It does take a little getting used to, especially on something like a steep hill, on the level it was fine, but I never did like it when trying to get away on a nasty steep hill etc.

    I still prefer a good old fashioned manual handbrake. Too difficult to do handbrake turns with those electronic one's. Also a bit awkward to release the brake if you wanted to jumpstart the car when the battery is flat.

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    Would I be right in saying you'd need special equipment to change the rear pads too i.e tech 2?

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    I hope they don't do what the Passat i had on loan a while ago was doing... releasing on it own as you depressed the clutch...

    my mrs refused to drive it after it did it on her lol... i got used to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Would I be right in saying you'd need special equipment to change the rear pads too i.e tech 2?
    I would'nt have thought so John, but you never know, I've not read in any forums as yet of anyone changing the pads on a Insignia.
    It must certainly complicate the procedure, on the rears anyway.
    That's one of the things I like about the BM's, they actually still use drums just for the handbrake postioned behind the discs, so no rewind tools are required to change the pads, just 2 caliper slider bolts to unscrew, and push the cyclinder back in, replace the pads, 2 slider bolts back in and thats it. 10min job.

    No doubt one gets used to the electronic handbrakes, but I'm not so keen on them myself, one of the issue's I have with them is that they all appear to be slightly different in their operation, I used a merc car a few weeks ago, and that had 2 controls, a small lever you press with your foot to apply the handbrake and another slider type button down by the drivers right knee to release it... real wierd.

    TBH auto's could almost get away without handbrakes (though not recommended) as they have a mechanical locking Parking pawl mechanism which engages into slots to lock the box preventing the output shaft from turning when in the park position. I've seen one in bits and it looks pretty solidly made.

    Like everything else John, as things get more complicated they tend to move out of the realms of do it yourself repairs unfortunately.
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    I remember reading in the manual if your on a 5 or more degree slant, hill start assist (HSA) kicks in.

    I didn't know about it releasing automatically when pulling off....will have to try this when gettin out of the work car park

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    Tried setting off with Handbrake on - its wierd that it does but it works!!!! Guess there is plenty of things to get used to with the Insignia....... then I get back in my Vectra!!!

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