BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Parking brake


The parking brake is used to prevent the vehicle from rolling when it is parked.

Safety information


An unsecured vehicle can begin to move and possibly roll away. There is a risk of accident.

Before exiting, secure the vehicle against rolling.

In order to ensure that the vehicle is secured against rolling away, follow the following:

  • Set the parking brake.
  • On uphill grades or on a downhill slope, turn the front wheels in the direction of the curb.
  • On uphill grades or on a downhill slope, also secure the vehicle, for instance with a wheel chock.


Unattended children or animals in the vehicle can cause the vehicle to move and endanger themselves and traffic, for instance due to the following actions:

  • Pressing the Start/Stop button.
  •  Releasing the parking brake.
  • Opening and closing the doors or windows.
  • Engaging selector lever position N.
  • Using vehicle equipment.

There is a risk of accidents or injuries. Do not leave children or animals unattended in the vehicle.

Take the vehicle key with you when exiting and lock the vehicle.



Parking brake


With a stationary vehicle

Pull the switch.

The LED lights up.

The indicator light in the
instrument cluster illuminates red. The parking brake is set.

While driving

General information

To use as emergency brake while driving.

Pull the switch and hold it.
The vehicle brakes hard while the switch is being pulled.

The indicator light in the
instrument cluster illuminates red, a signal sounds, and the brake lights illuminate.

A Check Control message is displayed.

The parking brake is engaged when the vehicle is stationary.

With Emergency Stop Assistant

Pull the switch briefly to
activate the emergency stop function.

Additional information: Emergency Stop Assistant


Releasing manually

  1. Switch on drive-ready state.
  2. Press the switch while
    stepping on the brake pedal or selector lever position P is set.

    The LED and indicator light go out.

    The parking brake is released.

Automatic release

The parking brake is released automatically when you drive away.

The LED and indicator light go out.


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