The electric parking brake replaces the conventional handbrake. The operating switch is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel.
WARNING   WARNING:  Always set the parking brake and leave your vehicle with the transmission in position 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.
Applying the electric parking brake
WARNING   WARNING:  The brake system warning lamp will flash during an electric brake apply. If the brake system warning lamp continues to flash there could be a problem with your electric parking brake. Have the system checked by an authorized dealer as soon as possible.

Note:   The brake system warning lamp will illuminate for ten seconds if you have turned the ignition off after the electric parking brake has been applied, or the electric parking brake has been applied after the ignition has been turned off.
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 to apply the electric parking brake.
The brake system warning lamp will flash for approximately 2 seconds then illuminate to confirm that the electric parking brake has been applied.   See   Instrument Cluster
Applying the electric parking brake when the vehicle is moving
WARNING   WARNING:  Applying the electric parking brake while moving will result in use of the anti-lock braking system. Do not use the electric parking brake system when the vehicle is moving unless the normal brake system is unable to stop the vehicle.
WARNING   WARNING:  With the exception of emergency conditions (for example, the brake pedal does not work 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.

If you apply the electric parking brake when your vehicle is moving, the brake system warning lamp will illuminate and a warning chime will sound.   See   Instrument Cluster
If your vehicle speed is above 4 mph (6 km/h), the braking force is applied as long as the switch is applied. Release or press the switch or press the accelerator pedal to stop the braking force.
Releasing the electric parking brake
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You can release the electric parking brake either manually by pressing the bottom of the switch or automatically.
Manual release
WARNING   WARNING:  If the brake system warning light remains illuminated or flashes after you have released the parking brake, there could be a problem with you braking system. Have the system checked by an authorized dealer as soon as possible.

You can manually release the electric parking brake by turning the ignition on, pressing the brake pedal and then pressing the electric parking brake switch down.
When the electric parking brake is released, the brake system warning lamp will turn off.
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 and hold it in this position.
  2. Drive your vehicle, then release the switch when you notice that the engine has developed sufficient driving force.
Automatic release - drive away release
Your vehicle will automatically release the parking brake if all of the following conditions exist:
  • The driver door is closed.
  • The vehicle is accelerated.
  • There are no faults detected in the parking brake system.
Note:   The driver door must be closed and the driver safety belt must be fastened before this feature will operate.
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:   The engine must be running and the accelerator pedal must be pressed before the drive away release feature will operate.
The brake system warning lamp will go off to confirm that the electric parking brake has been released.
Note:   The electric parking brake drive away release makes starting on a hill easier. This feature will release 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.
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.