Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the parking brake warning mean?

asked by on

What does the parking brake warning mean?

A: If your parking brake is on, you’ll see the...

If your parking brake is on, you’ll see the Parking Brake light on the dash. However, you will also see a warning shown in the vehicle information display that tells you the parking brake is set. This warning is meant as a reminder to release the parking brake before you put the car in gear and begin driving. Doing so will damage the brake and possibly other parking brake system components. If the warning is displayed and the brake is not engaged, it could mean that the parking brake did not release properly or that there is another problem with the system and it needs to be inspected.

Was this answer helpful?

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Station wagon sputters and hesitates

It will depend on the the fault that is stored causing the service engine soon light to be illuminated. Based on the description, I would suspect either an input sensor to the engine management system, such as an oxygen sensor,...

Q: How do I maintain the battery?

All batteries require some amount of maintenance, but if yours has vent caps, it requires a little bit more. Here’s what you need to know about both general battery maintenance and how to maintain a battery with caps. General Maintenance:...

Q: Emergency brake rusted to wheels

Hi. I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but the parking brake cable may be seized. Rust on the face of a brake rotor or brake drum is normal and not a cause for concern. It looks like your parking...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...