How to Use Dodge Truck Parking Brakesby Daniel Valladares
The parking brakes on your Dodge truck are useful when you are parked on a slope or hill and want an added safety mechanism for the vehicle. Using the parking brake is fairly simple, as a single lever will engage them. In order to release them, you simply pull the lever again. It takes only a few seconds to engage or disengage the parking brakes.
Turn the engine of the truck off and locate the parking-brake pedal, which is below the lower left corner of the dashboard/instrument cluster.
Press down with your foot on the parking-brake pedal. The instrument cluster's red brake-warning light will turn on to indicate that the parking brake has been applied.
Pull the parking-brake release handle to release the brake. The brake release handle is located just above the parking-brake pedal and just below the lower left corner of the dashboard.
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- Always turn the front wheels toward the curb and apply the parking brake when parking your Dodge truck on a downhill slope.
- Make sure that you press the parking-brake pedal all the way down to prevent any accidental rolling of your vehicle.
- Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged before operating your vehicle.
Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.