The electric parking brake replaces the conventional handbrake. The operating switch is in the center console.
WARNING   WARNING:  Always set the parking brake and leave your vehicle with the transmission in park (P).
WARNING   WARNING:  If your vehicle has a manual transmission, shift into first or reverse gear. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, shift into park (P).

Note:   When you apply the electric parking brake in certain conditions, for example, on a steep hill, the electric parking brake may reapply the brakes within three to ten minutes.
Note:   You may notice various noises when you apply and release the electric parking brake. This is normal and no cause for concern.
Parking On a Hill (Vehicles With a Manual Transmission)
If you park your vehicle facing uphill, move the transmission to first gear (1) and turn the steering wheel away from the curb. If you park your vehicle facing downhill, move the transmission to reverse (R) and turn the steering wheel toward the curb.
Applying the Electric Parking brake
WARNING   WARNING:  The brake system warning lamp will flash when applying the electric parking brake. If the brake system warning lamp continues to flash there could be a problem with your electric parking brake. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.
WARNING   WARNING:  With the exception of emergency conditions (for example, the brake pedal is broken or is blocked), do not apply the electric parking brake while the vehicle is moving. On bends, or poor road surfaces or weather conditions, emergency braking can cause the vehicle to skid out of control or off the road.

Note:   The brake system warning lamp illuminates for ten seconds if you switch the ignition off after you apply the electric parking brake, or you apply the electric parking brake after you switch the ignition .
Note:   The electric parking brake will not automatically apply. You must apply the electric parking brake using the electric parking brake switch.
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Pull the switch up to apply the electric parking brake.
The brake system warning lamp flashes for about two seconds and then illuminates to confirm that you have applied the electric parking brake.   See   Information Displays
If you apply the electric parking brake when your vehicle is moving, the brake system warning lamp illuminates and a warning chime sounds.   See   Information Displays
If your vehicle speed is above 4 mph (6 km/h), the braking force is applied as long as you pull the switch. Releasing or pressing the switch or pressing the accelerator pedal stops the braking force.
Releasing the Electric Parking Brake
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Release the electric parking brake either manually by pressing the switch or automatically.
Manual release
WARNING   WARNING:  If the brake system warning light remains illuminated or flashes for more than four seconds after you have released the parking brake, there could be a problem with your braking system. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

You can manually release the electric parking brake by:
  1. Switching the ignition on.
  1. Pressing the brake pedal.
  1. Pressing the electric parking brake switch.
When you release the electric parking brake, the brake system warning lamp turns off.
Automatic release - drive away release
Your vehicle automatically releases the parking brake if all of the following conditions exist:
  • The driver door is closed.
  • The accelerator pedal is pressed.
  • There are no faults detected in the parking brake system.
Note:   If the electric parking brake warning lamp stays illuminated, the electric parking brake will not automatically release. You must release the electric parking brake using the electric parking brake switch.
Note:   On manual transmission vehicles, if the transmission is in neutral (N) when you release the clutch pedal and press the accelerator pedal, the electric parking brake releases automatically.
Note:   On manual transmission vehicles, you must fully press the clutch pedal before the drive away release feature will operate. Drive as normal using the accelerator and clutch pedals and the electric parking brake will be automatically released.
The brake system warning lamp will go off to confirm that you have released the electric parking brake.
Note:   The electric parking brake drive away release makes starting on a hill easier. This feature releases the parking brake automatically when the vehicle has sufficient drive force to move up the hill. To assure drive away release when starting uphill, press the accelerator pedal quickly.
Driving with a Trailer
Depending on the grade and the weight of the trailer, your vehicle and trailer may roll backwards slightly when you start on a slope.
To prevent this from happening, do the following:
  1. Pull the switch up and hold it in this position.
  1. Drive your vehicle, then release the switch when you notice that the engine has developed sufficient driving force.
Battery With No Charge
WARNING   WARNING:  You will not be able to apply or release the electric parking brake if the battery is low or has no charge.

If the battery is low or has no charge, use jumper cables and a booster battery.