Starting the Vehicle

Automatic Transmission:

Be sure the gear shift is in the (P)ark or (N)eutral position and the emergency brake is set. 

Place the key in the ignition switch. 

Depress the brake pedal before starting the engine. 

Start the engine and once it starts, immediately release the ignition switch. Repetitive failure to immediately release the ignition switch can result in damage to the starter and flywheel.

Regardless of where you live and what temperature it is outside, you should give it a few minutes to warm up. This allows oil to flow through the engine before you start moving. 

Once the engine has warmed, depress the brake pedal and place the transmission into drive.

Release the emergency brake. The vehicle is now ready to move forward. 

For most automatic transmissions, the vehicle will begin to move forward once you take your foot off the brake. 

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