Where to Find and How to Use the Parking Brake in Your Subaru

As a new Subaru owner or someone who hasn’t driven a Subaru before, finding the parking brake can be a challenge. However, it’s crucial to know where it is and how to use it correctly to ensure your safety and that of others. This guide will walk you through the exact location of the parking brake in Subaru models, how to engage and disengage it, and any helpful tips or warnings to keep in mind.

The Location of the Parking Brake in Subaru Models

For most Subaru models, the parking brake is located on the center console between the driver and front passenger seats. It’s easily recognizable as a lever that you can pull up. The Parking brake is easily seen once you are in the car and can usually be distinguished easily by looking for a lever with a button on its end.

However, for the Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Impreza models from 2010 onwards, the parking brake is now electronic and is operated by a button located on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel. Please note that this location is only applicable for 2010 – onwards models of the mentioned vehicle models.

Older Subaru models usually have a manual parking brake lever. The location may vary slightly, but the brake lever is often located between the driver’s seat and the doors.

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Engaging and Disengaging the Parking Brake

Engaging the parking brake in a Subaru is pretty straightforward. It’s generally safe to engage it after you have shifted to park-mode.

For manual parking brakes, pull the lever up slowly until you feel resistance on the brake pedal, indicating that it is engaged.

For electronic parking brakes, press the button on the dashboard. A message will appear on the dashboard ‘Parking Brake On’ letting you know once the brake has successfully been engaged.

Disengaging the parking brake is just as simple. For the manual brake on most Subarus, depress the brake pedal completely, then push the lever button and release the brake. For electronic, press the brake pedal down firmly and press the button to release the parking brake.

It’s crucial to note that you should never engage the parking brake while driving. Doing so can cause serious damage to the vehicle and compromise your safety.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always engage the parking brake when parked on a slope to ensure that the vehicle stays in place.
  • If you have an electronic parking brake, avoid pressing the button accidentally by making sure your foot is not near the button while driving.
  • If your parking brake does not feel like it has engaged correctly or if you hear any unusual noises after engaging it, have your vehicle looked at by a professional mechanic to avoid any further damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is leaving your car in Park enough without engaging the parking brake?

Leaving your car in Park is not enough as the weight of the vehicle could cause the car’s transmission to wear down over time. Engaging the parking brake prevents this from happening and acts like a secondary safety precaution.

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Q. If my Subaru has an electronic brake, can I still engage it manually?

For newer Subaru models with electronic parking brakes, it’s not possible to engage them manually, causing the brake to lose power. Please follow the instructions specific to your car.

In Conclusion, finding the parking brake in your Subaru and knowing how to use it correctly is essential knowledge for any driver. Thankfully with this guide and its included tips, you are now positioned to handle your car’s parking brake with confidence.

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Peter Banks

With years of experience as a professional mechanic and Subaru specialist, Peter is one of the most respected members of our team. He's written several articles on Subaru maintenance and repair, and his advice and tips are always practical and helpful. When he's not working on cars, he enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes.

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