Kia Carens: Driving with a trailer / Parking on hills

Kia Carens RP (2013-2018) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Trailer Towing / Driving with a trailer / Parking on hills

Generally, if you have a trailer attached to your vehicle, you should not park your vehicle on a hill. People can be seriously or fatally injured, and both your vehicle and the trailer can be damaged if unexpectedly roll down hill.

WARNING - Parking on a hill

Parking your vehicle on a hill with a trailer attached could cause serious injury or death, should the trailer break loose.

However, if you ever have to park your trailer on a hill, here is how to do it:

1. Pull the vehicle into the parking space. Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the curb (right if headed down hill, left if headed up hill).

2. If the vehicle has a manual transaxle / dual clutch transmission, place the car in neutral. If the vehicle has an automatic transaxle, place the car in P (Park).

3. Set the parking brake and shut off the vehicle.

4. Place chocks under the trailer wheels on the down hill side of the wheels.

5. Start the vehicle, hold the brakes, shift to neutral, release the parking brake and slowly release the brakes until the trailer chocks absorb the load.

6. Reapply the brakes, reapply the parking brake and shift the vehicle to R (Reverse) for manual transaxle or P (Park) for automatic transaxle / dual clutch transmission.

7. Shut off the vehicle and release the vehicle brakes but leave the parking brake set.

WARNING - Parking brake

It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the parking brake is not firmly set. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be seriously or fatally injured.

When you are ready to leave after parking on a hill

1.With the manual transaxle in Neutral or automatic transaxle / dual clutch transmission in P (Park), apply your brakes and hold the brake pedal down while you:

2.Slowly remove your foot from the brake pedal.

3.Drive slowly until the trailer is clear of the chocks.

4.Stop and have someone pick up and store the chocks.

Driving on grades
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Maintenance when trailer towing
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Kia Carens RP (2013-2018) Owners Manual: Closing the tailgate


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