Braking System

Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A power assist helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The emergency brake assist system increases the stopping force when you depress the brake pedal hard in an emergency situation. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) helps you retain steering control when braking very hard.

Resting your foot on the pedal keeps the brakes applied lightly, builds up heat, reduces their effectiveness and reduces brake pad life. In addition, fuel economy can be reduced. It also keeps your brake lights on all the time, confusing drivers behind you.

Constant application of the brakes when going down a long hill builds up heat and reduces their effectiveness.

Use the engine to assist the brakes by taking your foot off the accelerator and downshifting to a lower gear.

Check the brakes after driving through deep water. Apply the brakes moderately to see if they feel normal. If not, apply them gently and frequently until they do. Be extra cautious in your driving.

See also:

Releasing the Lock
1. Set the parking brake. 2. Remove the key from the ignition switch. 3. Wrap a cloth around the tip of a small flattip screwdriver and remove the cover of the shift lock release slot. Put th ...

Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside
■Using the Lock Tab ■ Locking a door Push the lock tab forward. ■ Unlocking a door Pull the lock tab rearward. Models with remote transmitter When you lock the door using the ...

Accelerating and Braking
For better traction on all surfaces, accelerate slowly and gradually build up speed. If you try to start too fast on wet soil, mud, snow, or ice, you might not have enough traction to get un ...