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Q: What does the parking brake warning mean?

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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.

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