Instruction book Audi Q3 Version year 2014
 Audi RS Q3   Controls   Driving  Electro-mechanical parking brake
The electro-mechanical parking brake replaces the handbrake.
Pull the switch -A- Fig. 1 to apply the parking brake. The warning lamps in the switch and in the instrument cluster display will light up.
To release the parking brake, press the brake or accelerator pedal with the ignition switched on and simultaneously press the switch . The warning lamps in the switch and on the display will go out.
Your Audi Q3 is equipped with an electro-mechanical parking brake. The parking brake replaces the conventional handbrake, and is mainly intended to prevent the Audi Q3 from rolling away accidentally.
However, the electro-mechanical parking brake also offers a number of convenience and safety features in addition to the functions of a normal handbrake.
When driving away
  • The parking brake auto release function releases the parking brake automatically when you wish to start moving Link.
  • When driving away on a gradient, the parking brake auto release function prevents the Audi Q3 from rolling back unintentionally. The braking force of the parking brake is only released when there is enough power at the wheels to make the Audi Q3 move in the desired direction.
Emergency braking function
An emergency braking function enables you to stop the Audi Q3 even if the conventional foot brake should fail to work Link.
WARNING!
The accelerator pedal must on no account be pressed inadvertently when a gear is engaged and the engine is running with the Audi Q3 stationary. The Audi Q3 could otherwise start moving immediately and possibly cause an accident.
Note
  • The warning lamps in the switch and in the instrument cluster display will go out after a while when the parking brake is applied with the ignition switched off.
  • Any slight noise which may be heard when the parking brake is applied or released is quite normal and no cause for concern.
  • The parking brake runs an automatic test cycle at regular intervals when the Audi Q3 is parked. This may cause a slight noise, which is normal.

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