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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Braking

Brake System  
1Parking Brake  
Parking Brake  
Use the parking brake to keep the vehicle stationary when parking.  
Release the parking brake fully before driving. The  
rear brakes and axle can be damaged if you drive  
with the parking brake applied.  
To apply:  
Depress the parking brake pedal down with  
your foot.  
If you start driving without fully releasing the parking  
brake, a buzzer sounds as a warning.  
Always apply the parking brake when parking.  
To release:  
1. Depress the brake pedal.  
2. Depress the parking brake.  
uuBrakinguBrake System  
1Foot Brake  
Foot Brake  
Check the brakes after driving through deep water,  
or if there is a buildup of road surface water. If  
necessary, dry the brakes by lightly depressing the  
pedal several times.  
Your vehicle is equipped with disc brakes at all four wheels. A vacuum power assist  
helps reduce the effort needed on the brake pedal. The 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.  
If you hear a continuous metallic friction sound when  
applying the brakes, the brake pads need to be  
replaced. Have the vehicle checked by a dealer.  
2 Brake Assist System P. 408  
2 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) P. 407  
Constantly using the brake pedal while going down a  
long hill builds up heat, which reduces the brake  
effectiveness. Apply engine braking by taking your  
foot off the accelerator pedal and downshifting to a  
lower gear.  
Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while  
driving, as it will lightly apply the brakes and cause  
them to lose effectiveness over time and reduce pad  
life. It will also confuse drivers behind you.  
uuBrakinguAnti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
Helps prevent the wheels from locking up, and helps you retain steering control by  
pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than you.  
1Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
The ABS may not function correctly if you use an  
incorrect tire type and size.  
The electronic brake distribution (EBD) system, which is part of the ABS, also  
balances the front-to-rear braking distribution according to vehicle loading.  
When the ABS indicator comes on while driving,  
there may be a problem with the system.  
While normal braking is not affected, there is a  
possibility of the ABS not operating. Have the vehicle  
checked by a dealer immediately.  
You should never pump the brake pedal. Let the ABS work for you by always  
keeping firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. This is sometimes referred to as  
“stomp and steer.“  
ABS operation  
The ABS does not reduce the time or distance it takes  
to stop the vehicle. It only helps with steering control  
during hard braking.  
The brake pedal may pulsate slightly when the ABS is working. Keep holding the  
pedal firmly down. On dry pavement, you need to press on the brake pedal very  
hard before the ABS activates. However, you may feel the ABS activate immediately  
if you are trying to stop on snow or ice.  
In the following cases, your vehicle may need more  
stopping distance than a vehicle without the ABS:  
When driving on rough road surfaces, including  
when driving on uneven surfaces, such as gravel or  
When the vehicle speed goes under 6 mph (10 km/h), the ABS stops.  
When tire chains are installed.  
You may hear a motor sound coming from the  
engine compartment while system checks are being  
performed immediately after starting the engine or  
while driving. This is normal.  
uuBrakinguBrake Assist System  
Brake Assist System  
Designed to assist the driver by generating greater braking force when you depress  
the brake pedal hard during emergency braking.  
Brake assist system operation  
Depress the brake pedal firmly for more powerful braking.  
When brake assist operates, the pedal may wiggle slightly and an operating noise  
may be heard. This is normal. Keep holding the brake pedal firmly down.  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM)*  
Can assist you when there is a possibility of your vehicle colliding with a vehicle or a  
pedestrian detected in front of yours. The CMBSTM is designed to alert you when a  
potential collision is determined, as well as to reduce your vehicle speed when a  
collision is deemed unavoidable to help minimize collision severity.  
1Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
Important Safety Reminder  
The CMBSTM is designed to reduce the severity of an  
unavoidable collision. It does not prevent collision nor  
stop the vehicle automatically. It is still your  
responsibility to operate the brake pedal and steering  
wheel appropriately according to the driving  
How the system works  
When to use  
The CMBSTM may not activate or may not detect a  
vehicle in front of your vehicle under certain  
The camera is  
located behind the  
rearview mirror.  
2 CMBSTM Conditions and Limitations P. 414  
You can read about handling information for the  
camera equipped with this system.  
2 Front Sensor Camera* P. 374  
The radar sensor is  
in the front grille.  
The system starts monitoring the roadway ahead when your vehicle speed is about  
3 mph (5 km/h) and there is a vehicle in front of you.  
The CMBSTM activates when:  
The speed difference between your vehicle and a vehicle or pedestrian  
detected in front of you becomes about 3 mph (5 km/h) and over with a chance  
of a collision.  
Your vehicle speed is about 62 mph (100 km/h) or less and there is a chance of a  
collision with an oncoming detected vehicle or a pedestrian in front of you.  
* Not available on all models  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
When the system activates  
1When the system activates  
The camera in the CMBSTM is also designed to detect  
The system provides visual and audible alerts of a possible collision, and stops  
if the collision is avoided.  
However, this pedestrian detection feature may not  
activate or may not detect a pedestrian in front of  
your vehicle under certain conditions.  
Refer to the ones indicating the pedestrian detection  
limitations from the list.  
u Take appropriate action to prevent a collision (apply the brakes, change  
lanes, etc.)  
Visual Alerts  
2 CMBSTM Conditions and Limitations P. 414  
Audible Alert  
At system’s earliest collision alert stage, you can change the distance (LONG/  
NORMAL/SHORT) between vehicles at which alerts will come on through multi-  
information display setting options.  
2 List of customizable options P. 104, 118  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
Collision Alert Stages  
The system has three alert stages for a possible collision. However, depending on circumstances, the CMBSTM may not go through all of  
the stages before initiating the last stage.  
Distance between vehicles  
The radar sensor detects  
Audible & Visual WARNINGS  
a vehicle  
Long Short  
When in Long, visual and audible alerts come  
on at a longer distance from a vehicle ahead  
than in NORMAL setting, and in SHORT, at a  
shorter distance than in NORMAL.  
There is a risk of a collision  
with the vehicle ahead of  
Your Vehicle  
The risk of a collision has  
increased, time to respond  
is reduced.  
Lightly applied  
Visual and audible alerts.  
The CMBSTM determines  
that a collision is  
Forcefully applied  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
1Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
CMBSTM On and Off  
The CMBSTM may automatically shut off, and the  
CMBSTM indicator will come and stay on under certain  
Press this button for about one second to turn  
the system on and off.  
2 CMBSTM Conditions and Limitations P. 414  
When the CMBSTM is off:  
The beeper sounds.  
The CMBSTM indicator in the instrument  
panel comes on.  
A message on the multi-information display  
reminds you that the system is off.  
The CMBSTM is in the previously selected ON or  
OFF setting each time you start the engine.  
* Not available on all models  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
1Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
With Little Chance of a Collision  
The CMBSTM may activate even when you are aware of a vehicle ahead of you, or  
Avoid the following conditions that may cause the  
radar aim to be temporarily out of range and prevent  
the CMBSTM from working properly.  
when there is no vehicle ahead. Some examples of this are:  
A heavy load in the rear or modifications to the  
suspension tilts your vehicle.  
When Passing  
The tire pressures are not correct, the tire sizes are  
incorrect, the tire types are different, and/or the  
tires are not in good condition.  
Your vehicle approaches another vehicle ahead of you and you change lanes to pass.  
At an intersection  
Your vehicle approaches or passes another vehicle that is making a left or right turn.  
For the CMBSTM to work properly:  
Always keep the radar sensor cover clean.  
On a curve  
When driving through curves, your vehicle comes to a point where an oncoming  
vehicle is right in front of you.  
Never use chemical solvents or polishing powder for  
cleaning the sensor cover. Clean it with water or a  
mild detergent.  
Through a low bridge at high speed  
You drive under a low or narrow bridge at high speed.  
Do not put a sticker on the emblem or replace the  
Speed bumps, road work sites, train tracks, roadside objects, etc.  
If you need the radar sensor to be repaired, or  
removed, or the radar sensor cover is strongly  
impacted, turn off the system by pressing the  
CMBSTM off button and take your vehicle to a dealer.  
You drive over speed bumps, steel road plates, etc., or your vehicle approaches train  
tracks or roadside objects [such as a traffic sign and guard rail] on a curve or, when  
parking, stationary vehicles and walls.  
* Not available on all models  
uuBrakinguCollision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM  
CMBSTM Conditions and Limitations  
The system may automatically shut off and the CMBSTM indicator will come on under  
certain conditions. Some examples of these conditions are listed below. Other  
conditions may reduce some of the CMBSTM functions.  
2 Front Sensor Camera* P. 374  
Environmental conditions  
Driving in bad weather (rain, fog, snow, etc.).  
Sudden changes between light and dark, such as an entrance or exit of a tunnel.  
There is little contrast between objects and the background.  
Driving into low sunlight (e.g., at dawn or dusk).  
Strong light is reflected onto the roadway.  
Driving in the shadows of trees, buildings, etc.  
Roadway objects or structures are misinterpreted as vehicles and pedestrians.  
Reflections on the interior of the front windshield.  
Roadway conditions  
Driving on a snowy or wet roadway (obscured lane marking, vehicle tracks,  
reflected lights, road spray, high contrast).  
Vehicle conditions  
Headlight lenses are dirty or the headlights are not properly adjusted.  
The outside of the windshield is blocked by dirt, mud, leaves, wet snow, etc.  
The inside of the windshield is fogged.  
An abnormal tire or wheel condition (wrong sized, varied size or construction,  
improperly inflated, compact spare tire, etc.).  
The vehicle is tilted due to a heavy load or suspension modifications.  
The camera temperature gets too hot.  
* Not available on all models