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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Electronic parking brake

Driving away on steep inclines or with a heavy load The  
Electronic parking brake  
parking brake can be prevented from automatically disengaging  
by pulling the drive button continuously upwards.  
when starting the  
Using the electronic parking brake  
If a high engine power is required when driving away, the  
electronic parking brake is not released until the button is  
This makes it easier to move off when towing a high mass.  
Automatic engagement of the electronic parking brake when  
leaving the vehicle improperly  
In vehicles with an automatic gearbox or electronic DSG® dual-  
parking brake  
clutch gearbox , it can be engaged automatically if the system  
detects that you have left the vehicle improperly.  
Emergency brake function Use the  
Fig. 145 On the center console: electronic parking  
brake button (schematic representation).  
emergency brake function only in an emergency, if you cannot  
stop the vehicle by pressing the brake pedal ÿ !  
To connect  
— Pull the key  
and hold it in that position.  
— With the vehicle stopped, pull the key  
The vehicle will brake abruptly. At the same time an acoustic  
keep it in this position until the button control indicator lights  
up yellow.  
warning signal will sound.  
— The electronic parking brake is on.  
Connected when the button control indicator lights up ÿ fig.  
145 and the red control indicator on the instrument panel  
If the electronic parking brake is used improperly, it may  
cause accidents and serious injuries.  
Never use the parking brake  
electronic to brake the vehicle, unless it is an emergency.  
The braking distance is considerably longer, since under  
certain circumstances only the rear wheels are braked.  
Always use the brake pedal.  
— Switch on the ignition.  
— Depress the brake pedal and press the — OR:  
With the engine running, lightly depress the accelerator pedal  
without depressing the brake pedal.  
— The indicator light of the key ÿ fig. 145 and the  
· Never accelerate when a  
red control indicator in the instrument panel display go out.  
gear ratio or gear engaged and engine running. The vehicle  
could start to move even with the electronic parking brake  
Automatic disengagement of the electronic parking  
brake when driving away  
The electronic parking brake disengages automatically when  
starting off if, with the driver's door closed, any of the following  
situations occur ÿ :  
If the vehicle is abandoned improperly, it could roll away.  
This could lead to accidents, serious injuries and property  
DSG Dual Clutch Transmission: A gear ratio is selected or  
the selector lever position is changed.  
· When parking the vehicle, always carry out the corresponding  
operations in the order indicated ÿ p. 184, Park.  
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Manual gearbox: The clutch is depressed fully before starting  
Electronic parking brake  
· Before leaving the vehicle and after switching  
off the ignition, make sure that the electronic  
parking brake is engaged and that the control  
indicator lights up red in the instrument panel  
Auto hold function  
Problems and solutions  
Electronic parking brake is engaged  
The control indicator lights up red.  
Fig. 146 On the center console: button for the Auto-Hold  
The holding force in the current situation is too small  
The Auto-Hold function holds the vehicle once stopped and  
prevents it from moving without depressing the brake pedal.  
The control indicator flashes red.  
It is not possible to park the vehicle safely  
When the vehicle starts moving or the requirements of the Auto-  
Hold function are not met, the vehicle is no longer held.  
— Park the vehicle in another place or on a level surface.  
— Keep the electronic parking brake engaged until you start  
— The driver's door is closed.  
— The engine is running.  
Electronic parking brake fault  
When the selector lever is placed in position N, the Auto-Hold  
function is not activated or, if it is activated, it is deactivated.  
Therefore, the vehicle will not be safely retained ÿ .  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
Visit a specialized workshop or a Volkswagen dealer.  
The electronic parking brake does not disengage.  
Activate the Auto-Hold function  
— Press the key  
The control indicator of the  
The requirements for its disconnection are not met.  
button ÿ fig. 146 lights up yellow.  
OR: The 12 volt battery is discharged.  
The fact that the Auto-Hold function is active does not imply  
that it keeps the vehicle stationary ÿ .  
— Check whether all the requirements for disengaging the  
electronic parking brake are met ÿ p. 185.  
If the Auto-Hold function is activated before the ignition is  
switched off, the function will be activated the next time the  
ignition is switched on.  
— Use start-up help ÿ p. 309.  
Electronic parking brake is noisy  
Keep the vehicle stopped with the Auto function  
— When the parking brake is engaged and disengaged  
electronic parking, noise may be heard.  
— Make sure that the Auto-Hold function is activated.  
— Stop the vehicle with the brake ÿ p. 184.  
— The system performs automatic and audible checks on the  
parked vehicle sporadically if time elapses without the  
electronic parking brake being used.  
Manual transmission: Keep the clutch fully depressed or put  
it in neutral.  
— Release the brake. On the ins box screen  
instruments the green control indicator lights up. The Auto-  
Hold function holds the vehicle ÿ .  
park and maneuver  
Deactivate the Auto-Hold function  
Safety warnings regarding  
parking systems  
— Press the key  
ÿ .  
fig. 146 of the key goes out.  
The config light ÿ  
The electronic parking brake engages automatically to hold  
the vehicle safely. However, if the brake pedal is depressed  
when deactivating the function, the electronic parking brake  
will not engage ÿ .  
Depending on the equipment, the following parking  
systems are available:  
— Parking aid ÿ p. 192 — Reverse Assist  
(Rear View) ÿ p. 193 — Assisted parking system (Park Assist)  
ÿ p. 195  
Temporarily deactivate the Auto-Hold function with the  
When maneuvering, it may be necessary to temporarily  
deactivate the Auto Hold function to make it easier for the  
vehicle to roll.  
— Trailer Assist ÿ p. 199 — Peripheral vision system (Area  
View) ÿ p. 198  
— Depress the brake pedal with the engine running.  
— Press the key  
. The Auto-Hold function is deactivated  
— Parking Exit Assist (Exit Assist) ÿ p. 201  
The Auto-Hold function is reactivated as soon as the brake  
pedal is depressed while the vehicle is stationary.  
Limitations of sensors and cameras  
Settings in the infotainment system  
Various sensors and cameras are mounted both inside and  
Depending on the equipment, further settings can be made  
outside the vehicle that capture the vehicle's surroundings  
by means of ultrasound, radar electromagnetic waves or  
visually. Different parking systems use different combinations  
in the infotainment system, e.g. eg automatic activation of  
the Auto-Hold function when driving off ÿ p. 36.  
of sensors. All sensors have technical and physical limitations  
ÿ .  
The intelligent technology of the Auto-Hold function  
cannot overcome the limits imposed by physical laws and  
only works within the limits of the system. Never let the  
increased comfort provided by the Auto-Hold feature induce  
you to take any risk that compromises safety.  
— Under certain circumstances, the sensors and cameras do  
not pick up some objects, such as towbars, bars, fences,  
posts or thin trees, very low or very high obstacles, or an  
open or opening tailgate.  
— The range of the sensors has blind spots in which objects  
and people cannot be detected.  
· When the vehicle needs to be stopped safely, make  
sure that the control indicator lights up green or red  
— In some cases, dirt may be detected  
in the instrument cluster. When the control indicator  
ity, ice and water that may be on the sensors or cameras  
is lit green, the Auto-Hold function holds the vehicle;  
as if it were an obstacle or these elements may impair the  
when lit red, it is held by the electronic parking brake.  
detection of objects. In addition to being cloudy and  
snowy, the visibility of the sensors can also be reduced by  
traces of detergent or some coating ÿ p. 191.  
· Never leave the vehicle with the engine running and  
the Auto-Hold function activated.  
— Sensor signals can be affected by external sound  
· The Auto-Hold function cannot always hold the vehicle  
stationary uphill or slow it down sufficiently downhill, eg.  
sources and by certain surfaces of objects and clothing.  
For example, on slippery or icy surfaces.  
Under certain circumstances, this could prevent the  
presence of people or objects from being detected or  
detected correctly.  
— Some objects may only be displayed dimly or not at all,  
eg railings and thin posts, due to screen resolution or  
insufficient light conditions.  
Always deactivate the Auto-Hold function before entering an  
automatic car wash. Otherwise, damage could result from  
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the automatic application of the parking brake.  
Safety warnings regarding parking systems  

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