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Mercedes-Benz Parking Brake Inoperative See Owner’s Manual Warning

A faulty handbrake module or Parking Brake mechanism may fail to trigger Mercedes-Benz Parking Brake Inoperative. See the Owner’s Manual Warning on the dashboard.

In most cases, Mercedes-Benz Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) See Owner’s Manual comes on because the parking brake actuator at one of the rear wheels is sticking.

Mercedes-Benz Parking Brake Inoperative – See Operator’s Manual comes on during heavy rain or driving through water puddles or mud. Parking brake inoperative messages may appear after a car wash. Mercedes-Benz parking brake warnings may also appear when the vehicle is in motion, and the driver’s door is opened. The parking brake may automatically apply and then release.


Mercedes Parking Brake See Owners Manual
  • Red parking brake warning on the dashboard
  • Both the red and the yellow parking brake symbols may come on
  • Parking brake icon flashing in the instrument cluster
  • Parking Brake – See Operator’s Manual
  • Parking Brake Nonfunctional – Visit Workshop
  • Electronic parking brake malfunction see owner’s manual
  • Noise when operating parking brakes.

Temporary Fix


Pull over and set the transmission in Park. Please turn off the ignition, then turn it back on. Pull the parking brake switch and keep it for 10 seconds, then release it. Start the engine, and the light, in most cases, will turn off. 

Here is a list of common problems that cause the Parking Brake See Owner’s Manual warning to stay on. The Mercedes-Benz parking brake warning comes on when one of the rear electronic brake actuators sticks due to corrosion.

Removing both rear wheels and lubricating the parking brake using lithium-based spray penetrating lubricant will, in most cases, fix the problem.

Common Causes

The parking brake inoperative problem is common on Mercedes-Benz models with electronic parking brakes, such as the S-Class, GL-Class, and most 2015 or newer models.

The problem can also be the motor inside the electronic parking brake (behind the rear brake caliper) which can also break and trigger the Parking Brake. See Owner’s Manual.

Electric parking brake module /actuator


If you have applied the parking brakes a few times, you should be familiar with the sound of parking brakes being applied.

If you don’t hear the parking brakes engage when you press the Park button, the electronic parking brake module or actuator/motor. Another symptom of a faulty parking brake motor is a loud, screeching noise when you try to apply or release the brake.

Bad Mercedes parking brake actuator caused parking brake inoperative fault

For example, this is a common problem in S-Class CL-Class, known as W221 and W216, respectively. You can replace the parking brake module or remove your faulty module and send it for repair to any companies that offer this repair service on eBay.

ABS Module


Corrosion or loss of connection at the ABS unit (in the engine bay) can also trigger this problem.

If the ABS module is faulty, you will also notice the ABS light, traction control, and brake light (staying on) and the parking brake malfunction. While not a very common problem, this issue needs to be diagnosed with a Mercedes-Benz scanner.

Faulty Parking Brake Switch


Parking brake switches may stick and not release fully. The parking brake switch is located under the headlight switch on the dashboard.

Pay attention to the switch position. It should pull out when released. The switch can trigger an electronic parking brake warning if the switch stays pressed. Make sure it doesn’t stay pressed every time you release the parking brake button.

Weak Battery

Bad battery park brake inoperative

A weak main battery can also cause the parking brake to be inoperative on a Mercedes-Benz. Most auto parts stores can test your car battery free of charge or perform a battery test yourself using the 12 Volt Battery Test Tool.

Less Likely Problems

corrosion electronic parking brake

For other possible issues that can trigger Parking brakes, See Owner’s Manual.

  • Low main battery voltage.
  • Faulty SAM or Central Gateway Module.
  • Damaged wire harness.
  • Software issue – Ask the dealer to perform an update.
  • A loose, broken, or corroded connector at the parking brake actuator.
  • The brake light switch is faulty.
  • ABS wheel speed sensor defective or dirty.
  • Faulty parking brake switch.
  • Brake cables need adjustment if they are not pulling evenly.


Diagnose Mercedes Parking Brake

One quick test you can perform is to press the Parking button on the dashboard and have a friend listen to the rear wheels. You should hear the electric motor engage. Check both rear wheels. If you do not hear the noise in one of them, you know which one is faulty.

The parking actuators can get stuck over time if you rarely use the parking brakes. One possible solution is to use a Mercedes-Benz scanner and manually engage and disable the parking brakes at least fifteen times repetitively.

Before replacing any parts, it is important to read the fault codes from the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) module. If the parking brake malfunction shows on the dashboard, there is an incorrect code in the EPB module.

Go to Parking Module (EPB) > Actuations > Activate Parking Brakes.


Use a Mercedes-Benz scanner to read fault codes from the EPB module. The principles stored in the EPB module will guide you in the right direction. For example, you will get fault codes such as:

  • The position of the component Electric Parking Brake is Implausible
  • B22d52- Electric parking brake malfunction; this component has not been implemented.
  • B23aa07- The left brake has a malfunction and mechanical fault. The right brake caliper is faulty. An open circuit exists.
  • B23aa77-the left brake caliper is malfunctioning, and the commandment position cannot be reached. The left brake caliper is faulty. An open circuit exists.
  • 584F – CAN signal WHeel Speed From Control Unit N47-5 ESP Control Unit is Implausible
  • 5160 – CHeck Mechanical Components For Proper Operation and Installation.

Continue the troubleshooting based on the fault codes showing as CURRENT or PRESENT. Stored codes can be an indication of an intermittent issue.

Once you read the fault codes with a Mercedes-Benz scanner, you will have a better idea of what’s wrong with the car and the cause of the Parking Brake being Inoperative. See the Owner’s Manual Warning. With a good scanner, you can check the operation of the parking brake motors and the parking brake switch without removing them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my parking brake light on in my Mercedes Benz?

One common cause of why your parking brake light is on is due to a Faulty Parking Brake Switch. You can check it by jiggling the switch. The switch must be replaced to fix the problem if it turns off and comes back on.

What does it mean when your car says park brake malfunction?

There are a lot of common issues that can cause the “parking brake malfunction” to illuminate, issues such as a low voltage system or open fuse circuit.

External References

  1. Parking Brake See Owners Manual – A-Class
  2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Parking Brake Warning –
  3. Mercedes Parking Brake See Operator Manual –

We hope you find the Mercedes-Benz Parking Brake Inoperative See Owner’s Manual Warning guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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  1. if the park brake not see the park button is because the plug x18/1 is defective by corrosion water or imperfect contact !