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Q: How do I set the parking brake?

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How do I set the parking brake?

A: Your car’s parking brake is used to prevent...

Your car’s parking brake is used to prevent it from rolling when parking on a grade. It should be engaged every time you park the car, even if you don’t think the slope is severe enough. Of course, you need to know how to engage and disengage it in order to use the brake correctly. Here’s what you should do:

To Engage

  • Put your foot on the brake.

  • Pull up on the parking brake handle and raise it as far as possible. It should click as the handle rises.

  • Watch for the Brake light to turn on in the dash.

  • Put the car in park after the parking brake is engaged.

To Disengage

  • Put your foot on the brake

  • Grip the parking brake handle lever

  • Press the button on the end of the lever

  • Lower the lever all the way down

  • Put the car in gear

Tip

Always make sure the parking brake is disengaged before driving.

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