Q: How do you use the parking brake?

asked by on

How do you use the parking brake?

A: Your car is equipped with a parking brake t...

Your car is equipped with a parking brake that should be used in almost all parking situations, even if you’re parking on what seems to be a flat, level surface. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you’re applying it properly. Just follow these brief steps:

  1. Put your foot on the brake pedal.

  2. Pull up on the parking brake handle.

  3. Lift the handle as far as you can.

  4. Put the car in park.

  5. Take your foot off the brake pedal.

  6. Turn off the engine.

To release the parking brake:

  1. Put your foot on the brake pedal.

  2. Crank the engine.

  3. Press the Release button at the end of the parking brake lever while lifting up slightly.

  4. Lower the lever completely.

  5. Make sure the Brake light in the dash goes out.

  6. Put the car in gear.

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Emergency brake seized up

On a drum brake setup, the parking brake is integrated with the service brakes. If the parking brake has failed, other parts of the rear brake system will also require replacement as the same part may be used for two...

Q: Can a seized ebrake cause poor acceleration, and knocking noise in rear of vehicle

The seized emergency brake will cause the rear brakes to be either partly or fully engaged which will cause the brakes to drag. When this happens it creates slow acceleration and possibly a knocking noise from the dragging brakes or...

Q: Truck cranks strong but sometimes will not start.

Hi, thanks for writing in. This can happen for many different reasons, but based upon the fact that it sounds like you may have had to have it jumped a couple of times suggests that you may have a charging...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.