BY TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI Modified: September 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm •  Published: September 7, 2012

TOM: By applying the parking brake first, you allow the brakes to do the job of holding the wheels in place, so the car doesn't roll and push the park mechanism to the point where it's difficult to remove.

RAY: Then, when you drive away, you do the opposite: You take the car out of park first, and then release the parking brake.

TOM: I know this is a tough blow to absorb, Lynnay. But just remember, this could be a completely isolated case of Mom being right, and have no bearing on whether she also was right about your first three husbands.

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