Volvo S60: Parking brake
Electric parking brake
An electric parking brake has the same function as a manual parking brake.
- A faint sound from the parking brake's electric motor can be heard when the parking brake is being applied. This sound can also be heard during the automatic function check of the parking brake.
- The brake pedal will move slightly when the electric parking brake is applied or released.
Low battery voltage
If the battery voltage is too low, the parking brake cannot be applied or released. Connect an auxiliary battery if the battery voltage is too low, see page 116.
Applying the electric parking brake
Parking brake control
1. Press firmly on the brake pedal.
2. Push the control.
> The symbol in the instrument panel flashes while the parking bake is being applied, and glows steadily when the parking brake has been fully applied.
3. Release the brake pedal and ensure that the vehicle is at a standstill.
4. When the vehicle is parked, the gear selector must be in position P.
- In an emergency the parking brake can be applied when the vehicle is moving by holding in the control. Braking will be interrupted when the accelerator pedal is depressed or the control is released.
- An audible signal will sound during this procedure if the vehicle is moving at speeds above 6 mph (10 km/h).
Parking on a hill
- If the vehicle is pointing uphill, turn the front wheels so that they point away from the curb.
- If the vehicle is pointing downhill, turn the front wheels so that they point toward the curb.
The parking brake should also be applied
Releasing the electric parking brake
Parking brake control
1. Fasten the seat belt.
2. Insert the remote key in the ignition slot (or press the START/STOP ENGINE button on vehicles with the optional keyless drive).
3. Press firmly on the brake pedal.
4. Pull the parking brake control.
1. Start the engine.
- For safety reasons, the parking brake is only released automatically if the engine is running and the driver is wearing a seat belt.
- The electric parking brake will be released immediately when the accelerator pedal is pressed and the gear selector is in position D or R.
2. Fasten the seat belt.
3. Move the gear selector to position D or R and press the accelerator pedal. The parking brake will release when the vehicle begins to move.
Heavy load uphill
A heavy load, such as a trailer, can cause the vehicle to roll backward when the parking brake is released automatically on a steep incline. To help avoid this:
1. Keep the electric parking brake lever pushed in with the left hand while shifting into Drive with the right.
2. While pressing the throttle pedal to pull away, release the parking brake lever only after the vehicle begins to move.
Park brake not fully released – A fault is preventing the parking brake from being released. Try to apply the parking brake and release it several times. If the problem persists, contact an authorized Volvo workshop. If you drive off with this error message showing, a warning signal sounds.
Parking brake not applied – A fault is preventing the parking brake from being applied. Try to apply the parking brake and release it several times. If the problem persists, contact an authorized Volvo workshop. If you drive off with this error message showing, a warning signal sounds.
Parking brake Service required – A fault has occurred. Try to apply and release. Contact a Volvo workshop if the fault remains.
If the vehicle must be parked before the fault has been corrected, always put the gear selector in P and turn the wheels so that they point away from the curb if the vehicle is pointing uphill or toward the curb if it is pointing downhill.