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Q: How do I release the parking brake?

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How do I release the parking brake?

A: Before driving, you should always release t...

Before driving, you should always release the parking brake. If you do not release the brake, the car will not drive normally, and you can do serious damage to both the braking system, and the engine. To release the parking brake, press and hold the release button on the end of the parking brake lever (located directly below the shifter), and then lower the lever to its lowest position.

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