Dodge Avenger: Parking brake - Starting and operating - Dodge Avenger Owners ManualDodge Avenger: Parking brake

Before leaving the vehicle, make sure that the parkingbrake is fully applied. Also, be certain to leave thetransmission in PARK.

The parking brake lever is located in the center console.

To apply the parking brake, pull the lever up as firmly aspossible. To release the parking brake, pull the lever upslightly, press the center button, then lower the levercompletely.

Parking Brake

Parking Brake

When the parking brake is applied with the ignitionswitch ON, the “Brake Warning Light” in the instrumentcluster will illuminate.

NOTE:

• When the parking brake is applied and the transmissionis placed in gear, the “Brake Warning Light” willflash. If vehicle speed is detected, a chime will soundto alert the driver. Fully release the parking brakebefore attempting to move the vehicle.

• This light only shows that the parking brake is applied.

It does not show the degree of brake application.

When parking on a hill, it is important to turn the frontwheels toward the curb on a downhill grade and awayfrom the curb on an uphill grade. Apply the parkingbrake before placing the shift lever in PARK, otherwisethe load on the transmission locking mechanism maymake it difficult to move the shift lever out of PARK. Theparking brake should always be applied whenever thedriver is not in the vehicle.

WARNING:

• Never use the PARK position as a substitute forthe parking brake. Always apply the parkingbrake fully when parked to guard against vehiclemovement and possible injury or damage.

• Never leave children alone in a vehicle. Leavingunattended children in a vehicle is dangerous for anumber of reasons. A child or others could beseriously or fatally injured.

• Do not leave the key in the ignition. A child couldoperate power windows, other controls, or movethe vehicle.

• Be sure the parking brake is fully disengagedbefore driving; failure to do so can lead to brakefailure and an accident.

• Always fully apply the parking brake when leavingyour vehicle or it may roll and cause damage orinjury. Also, be certain to leave the transmission inPARK. Failure to do so may cause the vehicle toroll and cause damage or injury.

CAUTION:

If the “Brake Warning Light” remains on with theparking brake released, a brake system malfunctionis indicated. Have the brake system serviced by anauthorized dealer immediately.

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