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If driving safely on a wet road and it becomes necessary to slam on the

brakes and continue braking to avoid a sudden obstacle, a computer senses

the wheels are slowing down. If one of the wheels is about to stop rolling, the computer will separately work the

brakes at each wheel.

ABS can change the brake pressure to each wheel, as required, faster than

any driver could. This can help you steer around the obstacle while

braking hard.

As the brakes are applied, the

computer keeps receiving updates on wheel speed and controls braking

pressure accordingly.

Remember: ABS does not change the time needed to get a foot up to the

brake pedal or always decrease

stopping distance. If you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, there

will not be enough time to apply the brakes if that vehicle suddenly slows or stops. Always leave enough room up ahead to stop, even with ABS.

Using ABS

Do not pump the brakes. Just hold the brake pedal down firmly and let ABS

work. You may hear the ABS pump or motor operating and feel the brake

pedal pulsate. This is normal.

Braking in Emergencies

ABS allows you to steer and brake at the same time. In many emergencies, steering can help more than even the very best braking.


Electric Parking Brake

The vehicle has an Electric Parking Brake (EPB). The EPB can always be

activated, even if the ignition is off. To prevent draining the battery, avoid

repeated cycles of the EPB system when the engine is not running.

The system has a Y or PARK

Electric Parking Brake light, and a 8

Service Parking Brake light.

See Electric Parking Brake Light 0 144

and Service Electric Parking Brake Light

0 144.

Before leaving the vehicle, check for

the Y or PARK light to ensure that

the parking brake is applied.

EPB Apply

To apply the EPB:

1. Be sure the vehicle is at a complete stop.

2. Press the EPB switch momentarily.

The Y or PARK light will flash and then stay on once the EPB is fully

applied. If the Y or PARK light

flashes continuously, then the EPB is