Brakes

Parking brake

Updated 7/23/2018

The parking brake prevents the car from rolling away from stationary by means of mechanically locking/blocking two wheels.

Warning

Always apply the parking brake when parking on a slope - leaving the car in gear, or in P if it has automatic transmission, is not sufficient to hold the car in all situations.

Combined instrument panel warning symbol.

Combined instrument panel warning symbol.

Applying the parking brake

Press the foot brake pedal down firmly.

Pull the lever firmly.

The combined instrument panel warning symbol comes on. The warning symbol illuminates regardless of whether the parking brake is applied gently or firmly.

Release the foot brake pedal and make sure that the car is at a standstill position.

If the vehicle moves then the parking brake lever must be applied at least a little more firmly.

When parking the vehicle, always engage 1st gear (for manual gearbox) or put the gear selector in position P (for automatic gearbox).

Parking on a hill

If the car is parked facing uphill:

  • Turn the wheels away from the kerb.

If the car is parked facing downhill:

  • Turn the wheels towards the kerb.

Disengaging the parking brake

Press the foot brake pedal down firmly.

Pull the lever up slightly, press the button, release the lever and release the button.

The combined instrument panel warning symbol goes off.

If the driver forgets to release the parking brake – in addition to the illuminated warning lamp – a pinging sound combined with a message in the combined instrument panel alerts the driver of this when the car's speed exceeds 10 km/h(6 mph).


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