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Brakes

B r a k e s F O O For your safety, the hydraulic braking system operates through dual circuits. If one circuit should fail, the other will continue to function. However, in the event of brake failure where only one circuit is operational, the vehicle should only be driven at slow speed to the nearest qualified retailer. In these circumstances, exercise extreme caution and be aware that increased brake pedal travel, greater pedal pressure, and longer stopping distances will be experienced. T B R A K E

Power assistance The braking system is power assisted, but ONLY when the engine is running. Without this assistance greater braking effort is necessary to safely control the vehicle, resulting in longer stopping distances. Always observe the following precautions:

  • NEVER allow the vehicle to coast with the engine turned off.

  • ALWAYS take particular care when being towed with the engine turned off (see ‘FOUR-WHEEL TOWING’, page 216).

  • If the engine should stop for any reason while the vehicle is in motion, bring the vehicle to a halt as quickly as traffic conditions safely allow, and DO NOT pump the brake pedal as the braking system may lose any remaining assistance available.

Electronic brake force distribution In addition, your vehicle is equipped with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), which balances the distribution of braking forces between front and rear axles, in order to maintain maximum braking efficiency under all load conditions. For example; under light loads EBD applies less effort to the rear brakes to maintain vehicle stability, conversely reducing front braking effort when the vehicle is towing or is heavily laden.

Driving in wet conditions Driving through water or even very heavy rain may adversely affect braking efficiency. Always dry the braking surfaces by intermittent light application of the brakes, first ensuring that you are at a safe distance from other road users.

Brake pads Brake pads require a period of bedding in. For the first 500 miles (800 km), you should avoid situations where heavy braking is required.

Remember! Regular servicing is vital to ensure that the brake pads are examined for wear and changed periodically to ensure long term safety and optimum performance.

If the brake warning light comes on when driving, and the parking brake is fully released, a fault with the braking system is indicated. Be prepared for increased brake pedal travel and then stop the vehicle as quickly as traffic conditions and safety permit and seek qualified assistance before continuing. DO NOT pump the brake pedal - the braking system may lose any remaining power assistance available.

CAUTION: DO NOT rest your foot on the brake pedal while travelling, as this may overheat the brakes, reduce their efficiency and cause excessive wear.

WARNING

  • NEVER place non-approved floor matting or any other obstructions under the brake pedal. This restricts pedal travel and braking efficiency.

  • NEVER move a vehicle without the engine running because braking assistance will not be available. The pedal brakes will still function, but more pressure will be required to operate them.

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