KIA Niro: Good braking practices

  • Be sure the parking brake is not engaged and the parking brake indicator light is off before driving.
  • The vehicle will not stop as quickly if the brakes are wet. Apply the brakes lightly until the braking action returns to normal.
  • Don't "ride" the brake pedal. Resting your foot on the brake pedal while driving can be dangerous because the brakes might overheat and lose their effectiveness. It also increases the wear of the brake components.
  • If a tire goes flat while driving, apply the brakes gently and keep the vehicle pointed straight-ahead while slowing down the vehicle. Pull the vehicle slowly and safely off the road and stop in a safe place.
  • Be cautious when parking on a hill.

    Firmly engage the parking brake and change the gear in P.

  • If your vehicle is facing downhill, turn the front wheels into the curb to help keep the vehicle from rolling.
  • If your vehicle is facing uphill, turn the front wheels away from the curb to help keep the vehicle from rolling.
  • Block the wheels if there is no curb or if it is required by other conditions to keep the vehicle from rolling.
  • Parking brake can freeze in the engaged position under certain conditions such as snow or ice around or near the rear brakes or if the brakes are wet.

    If there is a risk that the parking brake may freeze, apply it only temporarily while you change the gear in P and block the rear wheels so the vehicle cannot roll. Then release the parking brake.

  • Do not hold the vehicle on an incline with the accelerator pedal. This can cause the transmission to overheat.

    Always use the brake pedal or parking brake.

  • Do not pump the brake pedal as the vehicle is equipped with ABS.
  • When the brake pedal is depressed under certain driving conditions or weather conditions, the vehicle may experience a temporary "squeak" or other noise. This is not a malfunction in brake operation and is normal.
  • Driving on roads with snow removal agents can cause brake noise or abnormal wear on tires. Set the regenerative braking system level to "0" in a safe traffic environment and apply the brakes several times to remove the snow removal agent from the brake discs and pads.
  • The vehicle is equipped with electronic hydraulic brake. Due to malfunction or power instability, the brake booster may not operate normally and cause the brake pedal to feel stiff, resulting in longer braking distances. In this case, stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal stronger than usual. Have the system inspected by a professional workshop.

    Kia recommends visiting an authorized Kia dealer/service partner.

  • The sound of electronic hydraulic brake operating or its motor may be heard temporarily when:
  • Repeatedly depressing the brake pedal
  •  Releasing the brake pedal after depressing the brake pedal when the engine is off.
  • Opening driver's door
  • The brake pedal may feel abnormal when:
  • Rapidly depressing the brake pedal
  • Repeatedly depressing the brake pedal several times
  • ABS operates when stopping

(Kia Niro EV only)

In below cases, some electric brake pump noise and motor vibration may occur temporarily. This is normal operation.

  • When the pedal is pushed down very quickly
  • When the pedal is pushed down multiple times in short intervals
  • When the ABS function is activated during braking

NOTICE- (Kia Niro EV only)

  • When stepping on the brake pedal under a certain driving or weather condition. you may witness your car make a sound of squealing or some other noises. This is not a brake malfunction but a normal phenomenon.
  • When driving on the road to which deicing chemicals are applied, the vehicle may witness noises from the brake or abnormal abrasion of tires because of such deicing chemicals.

    You should operate brake additionally so that you would be able to remove the deicing chemicals on the brake disk and pad under a safe traffic condition.

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