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2024 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Braking

Braking  
Brake System  
1Brake System  
Parking Brake  
When you depress the brake pedal, you may hear a  
whirring 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 power mode 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 indicator in the switch comes on.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
indicator (red) comes on.  
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  
You cannot apply or release the parking brake if the  
battery goes dead.  
2 If the Battery Is Dead P. 642  
To release  
The power mode must be in ON 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  
2. Press the electric parking brake switch.  
u The indicator in the switch goes off.  
u The parking brake and brake system  
indicator (red) goes off.  
are applied by the VSA system until the vehicle  
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comes to a stop. The electric parking brake then  
applies, and the switch should be released.  
Electric Parking  
Brake Switch  
Manually releasing the parking brake using  
the switch helps your vehicle start slowly and  
smoothly when facing downhill on steep hills.  
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Automatic parking brake feature operation  
If the automatic parking brake feature has been activated:  
The parking brake is applied automatically when you set the power mode to  
VEHICLE OFF.  
To confirm that the parking brake is applied, check if the parking brake and brake  
system indicator (red) is on.  
1Parking Brake  
In the following situations, the parking brake  
automatically operates.  
When the vehicle stops more than 10 minutes  
while ACC with Low Speed Follow is activated.  
When the driver’s seat belt is unfastened while  
your vehicle is stopped automatically by ACC with  
Low Speed Follow.  
2 Activating and deactivating the automatic parking brake feature P. 549  
When the engine is turned off, except by Auto Idle  
Stop system, while ACC with Low Speed Follow is  
activated.  
To release automatically  
Depressing the accelerator pedal releases the parking brake.  
Use the accelerator pedal to release the parking brake when you are starting the  
vehicle facing uphill, or in a traffic jam.  
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, except by Auto Idle  
Stop system, while brake hold system is applied.  
When there is a problem with the brake hold  
system while brake hold is applied.  
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.  
Accelerator Pedal  
You can release the parking brake automatically when:  
You are wearing the driver’s seat belt.  
The engine is running.  
The transmission is not in (P or (N.  
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1Parking Brake  
If the parking brake cannot be released  
automatically, release it manually.  
When the vehicle is traveling 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  
Transmission system indicator  
The parking brake may not be released automatically  
while the following indicators are on:  
Parking brake and brake system indicator (amber)  
VSA® system indicator  
ABS indicator  
Supplemental restraint system indicator  
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Activating and deactivating the automatic parking brake feature  
With the power mode is in ON, carry out the following steps to either activate or  
deactivate the automatic parking brake feature.  
1Parking Brake  
In cold climates, the parking brake may freeze in  
place if applied.  
1. Put the transmission into (P.  
2. Without depressing the brake pedal, pull up and release the electric parking brake  
switch.  
u Check that the parking brake and brake system indicator (red) has come on.  
3. Pull up and hold the electric parking brake switch. When you hear a beeping sound,  
release the switch and within three seconds pull up and hold the switch again.  
4. When you hear a sound indicating that the procedure is completed, release the  
switch.  
When parking the vehicle, chock the wheels and  
make sure the automatic parking brake feature is  
deactivated.  
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 (red) is on.  
If you need to temporarily deactivate the feature while 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. Set the power mode to VEHICLE OFF and then within two 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  
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow and the automatic  
brake hold system.  
u To confirm that the parking brake is applied, check if the parking brake and  
brake system indicator (red) is on.  
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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, this is caused by the brake wear  
indicator rubbing on the brake rotor and indicates  
that the brake pads need to be replaced. Have the  
vehicle checked by a dealer. If you hear only an  
occasional squeak or squeal when you initially apply  
the brake pedal, this may be normal and caused by  
high frequency vibration of the brake pads against  
the rotating brake disc.  
2 Brake Assist System P. 555  
2 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) P. 554  
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  
speed position.  
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 CMBSTM or  
another system that automatically controls braking,  
the brake pedal is depressed and released in  
accordance with braking function.  
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1Automatic Brake Hold  
Automatic Brake Hold  
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.  
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.  
Turning on the system  
Fasten your seat belt properly, then start the  
engine. Press the automatic brake hold  
If a vehicle unexpectedly moves, it may  
cause a crash resulting in serious injury or  
death.  
button.  
Comes  
On  
u The automatic brake hold system  
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.  
indicator comes on. The system is turned  
on.  
Automatic Brake Hold Button  
The system is in the previously selected on or  
off setting each time you fasten the driver’s  
seat belt and start the engine.  
3WARNING  
Using the automatic brake hold system to  
park the vehicle may result in the vehicle  
unexpectedly moving.  
Activating the system  
Depress the brake pedal to come to a  
complete stop. The transmission must not be  
in (P or(R.  
u The automatic brake hold indicator  
On  
If a vehicle moves unexpectedly, it may  
cause a crash, resulting in serious injury or  
death.  
Comes  
On  
U.S.  
comes on. Braking is kept for up to 10  
minutes.  
u Release the brake pedal after the  
automatic brake hold indicator comes  
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.  
Comes  
On  
Canada  
Brake Pedal  
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uuBrakinguBrake System  
Canceling the system  
1Automatic Brake Hold  
Depress the accelerator pedal while the  
transmission is in a position other than (P or  
(N. The system is canceled and the vehicle  
starts to move.  
u The automatic brake hold indicator goes  
off. The system continues to be on.  
3WARNING  
When using the automatic brake hold,  
keep your foot on the brake pedal until the  
automatic brake hold indicator comes on.  
On  
Goes  
Off  
Accelerator Pedal  
If the vehicle unexpectedly moves, it may  
cause a crash resulting in serious injury or  
death.  
Release your foot from the brake pedal  
after the automatic brake hold indicator  
comes on.  
The system automatically cancels when:  
You engage the parking brake.  
You depress the brake pedal and put the transmission into (P or (R.  
While the system is activated, you can turn off the  
engine or park the vehicle through the same  
procedure as you normally do.  
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.  
2 When Stopped P. 556  
The engine is turned off.  
There is a problem with automatic brake hold system.  
You may hear an operating noise if the vehicle moves  
while the automatic brake hold system is in  
operation.  
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Turning off the automatic brake hold system  
Only the automatic brake hold system  
1Turning off the automatic brake hold system  
Make sure to turn off the automatic brake hold  
system before using an automated car wash.  
indicator comes on:  
Press the automatic brake hold button.  
u The automatic brake hold system  
indicator goes off.  
Goes  
Off  
If you turn off the engine or unfasten the driver’s seat  
belt while the automatic brake hold system is on, the  
automatic brake hold system will automatically turn  
off. In this case, when the driver’s seat belt is  
fastened and the engine is restarted, the automatic  
brake hold system will turn on without needing to  
press the automatic brake hold button.  
Goes  
Off  
When the automatic brake hold indicator  
comes on at the same time:  
Press the automatic brake hold button with  
the brake pedal depressed.  
Automatic Brake Hold Button  
u The automatic brake hold system  
indicator and the automatic brake hold  
indicator go off.  
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uuBrakinguAnti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
1Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)  
ABS  
NOTICE  
Helps prevent the wheels from locking up, and helps you retain steering control by  
pumping the brakes rapidly, much faster than you can.  
The ABS may not function correctly if you use a tire of  
the incorrect size or type.  
The electronic brake distribution (EBD) system, which is part of the ABS, also  
balances the front-to-rear braking distribution according to vehicle loading.  
If the ABS indicator comes on while driving, there  
may be a problem with the system.  
While normal braking will not be affected, there is a  
possibility that the ABS will not be operating. Have  
your 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.”  
The ABS is not designed for the purpose of reducing  
the time or distance it takes for a vehicle to stop: It is  
designed to limit brake lockup which can lead to  
skidding and loss of steering control.  
ABS operation  
The brake pedal may pulsate slightly when the ABS is working. Depress the brake  
pedal and keep holding the pedal firmly down. On dry pavement, you will 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  
distance to stop than a vehicle without the ABS:  
You are driving on rough or uneven road surfaces,  
such as gravel or snow.  
ABS may activate when you depress the brake pedal when driving on:  
Wet or snow covered roads.  
Roads paved with stone.  
The tires are equipped with tire chains.  
The following may be observed with the ABS system:  
Motor sounds coming from the engine  
compartment when the brakes are applied, or  
when system checks are being performed after the  
engine has been started and while the vehicle  
accelerates.  
Roads with uneven surfaces, such as potholes, cracks, manholes, etc.  
When the vehicle speed goes under 6 mph (10 km/h), the ABS stops.  
Brake pedal and/or the vehicle body vibration when  
ABS activates.  
These vibrations and sounds are normal to ABS  
systems and are no cause for concern.  
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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  
Press 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.  
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