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E-brake turns in a 2010 JSW?

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Does anyone know how the e-brake system is actuated in the 2010 JSW?

I know its not the greatest thing to do to your car, but there are times when it comes in handy to engage the e-brake to whip the car around.

When I try this in my JSW, it feels like normal braking action- i can't really get the rear wheels to lock the way you can with older cars. Is the e-brake handle actually physically attached to the brakes? Or is it just electronically actuating the brakes, with anti lock braking behavior?

Is there a way to increase the amount of braking force to the rear wheels through the e-brake?

I love this car, but some of the "safety' features of a modern car are just annoying- like the seat belt chime, the the multiple blinks of the turn signal when you tap the indicator, daytime running lights, and this, the e-brake not engaging as much as I wold like it to.
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It's the same on all VW except those with the new electronic parking brakes. The handle pulls a cable which clamps the rear brakes. Your car has stability control so it's going to be hard to whip it around. However, if you're driving on snow or a wet road with the stability control off I assure you the car will whip around...make sure the car doesn't whip you back if you know what I mean...

You can shut off the multiple blinks and DRL:http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a6/change-number-blinks-turn-signal-vw.htm
Not only the DRLs and convenience blinkers, but also the seatbelt chime can be disabled if desired. On my 2010 Golf, the convenience blinker can be turned off in the MFD. The DRLs in a JSW can be disabled by a certain process with the turn signal stalk and ignition. (Not so for Golfs with xenon like mine.) The seatbelt and door chimes (and DRLs for xenon cars) requires use of the VCDS computer tie-in cable and program.

Also note that unlike older cars, most newer cars do not have "emergency" brakes, they have "parking" brakes. They are not really designed to have the stopping power that older cars had there. Just be glad the parking brake is still on the rear on these cars, some Saabs and Subarus over the years had them on the front.
I tried the brake turn whilst on a test drive. The parking brake needs to be set up to be able to lock the rear wheels and your application needs to be stout/abrupt. Also, the variable ratio save-you-from-yourself, power steering isn't going to be as helpful as older constant ratio steering.
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