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New and experienced drivers alike are often confused about when and how to use the emergency brake. No wonder, because the name is misleading! This feature is not really designed or intended to be used in emergencies at all. It’s designed to hold your car securely in place any time you put it in park and leave it in one spot for a long time.
It’s not just for extreme circumstances, like parking on an incline or a slippery driveway. Even if you’re leaving your car in a flat parking lot on a dry, sunny day, you should engage your parking brake. It gives your car extra stability and will help keep it from rolling if something unexpected happens. When the parking brake is engaged, friction components of your car’s service brake system will help keep your tires from spinning.
OK, now that you know what your parking brake is, you may well be asking …
It’s typically either a handle, pedal or button labeled “Parking Brake.” If you’re unsure, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for the exact placement. No owner’s manual? No problem! A trained Jiffy Lube® technician will be happy to show you where to find and how to use the parking brake.
Use these four steps while the engine is still running:
Driving with your parking brake on can lead to:
If you notice that your car rolls forward or backward more than a few inches when you put it in park, there’s a chance that your parking pawl or transmission gear are worn down. Additionally, here are a few other signs that your brakes may need attention:
To protect yourself, your passengers, and everyone you meet on the road, pull into one of the more than 2,000 Jiffy Lube® locations at the first sign of brake trouble.
Trained technicians will begin by asking you questions about your driving style, because that will help them better diagnose the brake problem. Then you can expect:
When you drive away from Jiffy Lube, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re taking good care of your car.
Now that you know more about how to use the parking brake, check out all the Jiffy Lube brake inspection and replacement services.
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