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2019 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Braking

Braking  
Brake System  
1Brake System  
Parking Brake  
When you depress the brake pedal, you may hear a  
whirling sound from the engine compartment. This is  
because the brake system is in operation, and it is  
normal.  
Use the parking brake to keep the vehicle stationary when parked. When the  
parking brake is applied, you can manually or automatically release it.  
To apply  
The electric parking brake can be applied any  
time the vehicle has battery, no matter which  
position the ignition switch*1 is in.  
1Parking Brake  
You may hear the electric parking brake system  
motor operating from the rear wheel area when you  
apply or release the parking brake. This is normal.  
Pull the electric parking brake switch up gently  
and securely.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
The brake pedal may slightly move due to the electric  
parking brake system operation when you apply or  
release the parking brake. This is normal.  
Electric Parking  
Brake Switch  
indicator (red) comes on.  
You cannot apply or release the parking brake if the  
battery goes dead.  
2 Jump Starting P. 746  
To release  
The ignition switch must be ON (w*1 in order  
to release the electric parking brake.  
1. Depress the brake pedal.  
If you pull up and hold the electric parking brake  
switch while driving, the brakes on all four  
wheels are applied by the VSA system until the  
vehicle comes to a stop. The electric parking  
brake then applies, and the switch should be  
released.  
2. Press the electric parking brake switch.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
indicator (red) goes off.  
Electric Parking  
Brake Switch  
Manually releasing the parking brake using  
the switch helps your vehicle start slowly and  
smoothly when facing down hill on steep hills.  
Manual transmission models  
The engine will not start unless the electric parking  
brake is engaged. If the vehicle stalls on a slope, the  
electric parking brake system may automatically  
engage. If it does not, engage it manually, then start  
the engine again.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
Continuously variable transmission models  
1Parking Brake  
Automatic parking brake feature operation  
If the automatic parking brake feature has been activated:  
The parking brake is applied automatically when you turn the ignition switch to  
LOCK (0*1.  
To confirm that the parking brake is applied, check if the parking brake and brake  
system indicator is on.  
In the following situations, the parking brake  
automatically operates.  
When the vehicle stops with the automatic brake  
hold system activated for more than 10 minutes.  
When the driver’s seat belt is unfastened while  
your vehicle is stopped and brake hold is applied.  
When the engine is turned off while the brake hold  
system is applied.  
2 Activating and deactivating the automatic parking brake feature P. 632  
When there is a problem with the Brake Hold  
System while the brake hold is applied.  
To release automatically  
Use the accelerator pedal to release the parking brake when you are starting the  
vehicle facing uphill, or in a traffic jam.  
Manual transmission models  
When there is a problem with the electric parking  
brake switch, after you turn the ignition switch to  
LOCK (0*1.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
Depressing the accelerator pedal releases the parking brake.  
Models with ACC with LSF  
Manual transmission models  
When the vehicle is stops more than 10 minutes  
while ACC with LSF is activated.  
When the driver’s seat belt is unfastened while  
your vehicle is stopped automatically by ACC with  
LSF.  
Depressing the accelerator pedal while releasing the clutch pedal releases the  
parking brake.  
When the engine is turned off while ACC with LSF  
is activated.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
Continuously variable transmission models  
Gently depress the accelerator pedal.  
When on a hill, it may require more  
accelerator input to release.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
indicator (red) goes off.  
1Parking Brake  
If the parking brake cannot be released  
automatically, release it manually.  
When the vehicle is travelling uphill, the accelerator  
pedal may need to be pressed farther to  
automatically release the electric parking brake.  
The parking brake cannot be released automatically  
while the following indicators are on:  
Malfunction indicator lamp  
Accelerator Pedal  
Clutch Pedal  
Manual transmission models  
Transmission system indicator  
Gently depress the accelerator pedal and  
release the clutch pedal.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
indicator (red) goes off.  
The parking brake may not be released automatically  
while the following indicators are on:  
Brake system indicator  
VSA system indicator  
ABS indicator  
Supplemental restraint system indicator  
Accelerator Pedal  
Continuously variable transmission models  
The parking brake is applied while the vehicle is  
moving with the electric parking brake switch being  
pulled.  
The parking brake automatically releases as you depress the accelerator pedal when:  
You are wearing the driver’s seat belt.  
The engine is running.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
Manual transmission models  
The clutch pedal is fully depressed before gently  
depress the accelerator pedal and release the clutch  
pedal.  
The transmission is not in (P or (N.  
Manual transmission models  
The transmission is not in (N.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
Continuously variable transmission models  
1Activating and deactivating the automatic parking brake feature  
Activating and deactivating the automatic parking brake feature  
With the ignition switch in ON (w*1, carry out the following steps to either activate  
or deactivate the automatic parking brake feature.  
In cold climates, the parking brake may freeze in  
place if applied.  
When parking the vehicle, chock the wheels and  
make sure the automatic parking brake feature is  
deactivated.  
1. Change the shift position to (P.  
2. Without depressing the brake pedal, pull up the electric parking brake switch and  
hold it in place.  
u Check that the parking brake and brake system indicator has come on.  
3. Pull up and hold the parking brake switch. When you hear a beeping sound,  
release the switch and within 3 seconds pull up and hold the switch again.  
4. When you hear a sound indicating that the procedure is completed, release the  
switch.  
Also, when putting your vehicle through a conveyor-  
type car wash or when having your vehicle towed,  
deactivate the automatic parking brake feature and  
leave the parking brake released.  
u Two beeps indicates that the feature has been activated.  
u One beep indicates that the feature has been deactivated.  
u When you have completed activating the feature, the parking brake will  
remain applied after you turn off the engine.  
u To confirm that the parking brake is applied, check if the parking brake and  
brake system indicator is on.  
If you need to temporarily deactivate the feature for when putting your vehicle  
through a conveyor type car wash or when having your vehicle towed. You can  
follow the procedure explained below.  
1. Depress the brake pedal and bring the vehicle to a stop.  
2. Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0*1 and then within 2 seconds push down the  
electric parking brake switch.  
u Activation and deactivation settings for the feature will not be affected.  
u Before temporarily deactivating the feature, make sure to first turn off both  
ACC with LSF and the automatic brake hold system.  
u To confirm that the parking brake is applied, check if the parking brake and  
brake system indicator is on.  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.  
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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. 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 your vehicle checked by a dealer.  
2 Brake Assist System P. 638  
2 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) P. 637  
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/speed position. With manual transmission  
use a lower gear for greater engine braking.  
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.  
Whenever the brakes are activated by CMBS or  
another system that automatically controls braking,  
the brake pedal is depressed and released in  
accordance with braking function.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
1Automatic Brake Hold  
Automatic Brake Hold  
Continuously variable transmission models  
3WARNING  
Activating the automatic brake hold system  
on steep hills or slippery roads may still  
allow the vehicle to move if you remove  
your foot from the brake pedal.  
Keeps the brake applied after releasing the brake pedal until the accelerator pedal is  
pressed. You can use this system while the vehicle is temporarily stopped, like at  
traffic lights and in heavy traffic.  
Turning on the system  
Activating the system  
Cancelling the system  
If a vehicle unexpectedly moves, it may  
cause a crash resulting in serious injury or  
death.  
Comes  
On  
On  
On  
Comes  
On  
Goes  
Off  
Never activate the automatic brake hold  
system or rely on it to keep a vehicle from  
moving when stopped on a steep hill or  
slippery roads.  
Automatic Brake  
Hold Button  
Brake Pedal  
Accelerator Pedal  
Fasten your seat belt  
properly, then start the  
engine. Press the  
automatic brake hold  
button.  
The automatic brake  
hold system indicator  
comes on. The system is  
turned on.  
Depress the brake pedal  
to come to a complete  
stop. The shift lever must  
not be in (P or (R.  
Depress the accelerator  
pedal while the shift  
lever is in a position  
other than (P or (N. The  
system is cancelled and  
the vehicle starts to  
move.  
The automatic brake  
hold indicator goes  
off. The system  
3WARNING  
Using the automatic brake hold system to  
park the vehicle may result in the vehicle  
unexpectedly moving.  
The automatic brake  
hold indicator comes  
on. Braking is kept for  
up to 10 minutes.  
If a vehicle moves unexpectedly, it may  
cause a crash, resulting in serious injury or  
death.  
Release the brake  
pedal after the  
automatic brake hold  
indicator comes on.  
continues to be on.  
Never leave the vehicle when braking is  
temporarily kept by automatic brake hold  
and always park the vehicle by putting the  
transmission in (P and applying the parking  
brake.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
Manual transmission models  
Keeps the brake applied after releasing the brake pedal until you change a gear to a  
position other than (N and:  
Release the clutch pedal on a level road or when facing downhill.  
Release the clutch pedal and depress the accelerator pedal when facing uphill.  
You can use this system while the vehicle is temporarily stopped, like at traffic lights  
and in heavy traffic.  
Turning on the system  
Activating the system  
Cancelling the system  
Clutch Pedal  
Comes  
On  
On  
On  
Comes  
On  
Goes  
Off  
Automatic Brake  
Hold Button  
Brake Pedal  
Accelerator Pedal  
Fasten your seat belt  
properly, then start the  
engine. Press the  
automatic brake hold  
button.  
Depress the brake pedal  
to come to a complete  
stop.  
Shift into one of the  
gears other than (N and:  
Release the clutch  
pedal on a level road  
or when facing  
downhill.  
The automatic brake  
hold indicator comes  
on. Braking is kept for  
up to 10 minutes.  
Release the brake  
pedal after the  
The automatic brake  
Release the clutch  
hold system indicator  
comes on. The system  
is turned on.  
pedal and depress the  
accelerator pedal  
when facing uphill.  
The system is cancelled  
and the vehicle starts to  
move.  
automatic brake hold  
indicator comes on.  
The automatic brake  
hold indicator goes  
off. The system  
continues to be on.  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
The system automatically cancels when:  
You engage the parking brake.  
1Automatic Brake Hold  
While the system is activated, you can turn off the  
engine or park the vehicle through the same  
procedure as you normally do.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
You depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever to (P or (R.  
2 When Stopped P. 640  
The system automatically cancels and the parking brake is applied when:  
Braking is kept for more than 10 minutes.  
The driver’s seat belt is unfastened.  
Whether the system is on, or the system is activated,  
the automatic brake hold turns off once the engine is  
off.  
The engine is turned off.  
There is a problem with automatic brake hold system.  
Manual transmission models  
The system turns off if the engine stalls while  
automatic brake hold is active or the system is on.  
Manual transmission models  
The engine stalls.  
Make sure to turn off the automatic brake hold  
system before using an automated car wash.  
Turning off the automatic brake hold system  
While the system is on, press the automatic  
brake hold button again.  
You may hear an operating noise if the vehicle moves  
while the automatic brake hold system is in  
operation.  
u The automatic brake hold system  
Goes  
indicator goes off.  
Off  
If you want to turn off automatic brake hold  
while the system is in operation, press the  
automatic brake hold button with the brake  
pedal depressed.  
Automatic Brake Hold  
Button  
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