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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Electronic parking brake

Fig. 141 In lower part of centre console: button for the electronic parking brake

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

The electronic parking brake replaces the handbrake.

Switching on the electronic parking brake

The electronic parking brake can be switched on at any time when the vehicle is stationary. Even when the ignition is switched off, always switch on the electronic parking brake when leaving or parking the vehicle.

Switching off the electronic parking brake

Automatic switch-off for the electronic parking brake when driving off

The electronic parking brake switches off automatically when the vehicle pulls away, provided that the driver door is closed and the driver seat belt has been fastened. If the vehicle has a manual gearbox, you must also depress the clutch fully before pulling off so that the system detects that you want to switch off the parking brake.

You can prevent the electronic parking brake from switching off automatically by pulling and holding the button   while pulling away.

Automatic switch-on of the electronic parking brake if not activated properly when the driver leaves the vehicle

In vehicles with an automatic gearbox the electronic parking brake switches itself on when leaving the vehicle in the following circumstances:

Emergency braking function

The emergency braking function should only be used in those situations where the vehicle cannot be stopped using the foot brake  !


The incorrect use of the electronic parking brake can cause accidents and serious injuries.


To avoid unintentional movement when parking the vehicle, first switch on the electronic parking brake and then remove your foot from the brake pedal.

In vehicles with a manual gearbox: when the clutch pedal is released and the accelerator pedal depressed at the same time, the electronic parking brake will be released automatically.

If the vehicle battery is flat it will not be possible to release the electronic parking brake. Use jump leads   .

Some noises may be heard when the electronic parking brake is switched on or off.

If the electronic parking brake has not been used for a long period, the system will carry out occasional automatic and acoustic checks when the vehicle is parked.
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