Q: How does the parking brake work?

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How does the parking brake work?

Your car has both primary brakes for use when driving (slowing down and stopping), as well as a parking brake designed to make sure that your car is securely parked and won’t roll if you’re on a slope. Here’s how it works:

  1. To engage your parking brake, put your foot on the brake pedal and raise the parking brake lever up.

  2. To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal, depress the button on the parking brake lever while lifting up slightly, and then lower it all the way down.


  • Don’t press the release button on the parking brake when raising it.

  • The Brake light should turn on in the dash when the parking brake is set.

  • Put the car in park AFTER setting the parking brake.

  • Hold your foot on the brake pedal while setting the parking brake and putting the car in park.

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