I have a 2017 Soul EV I’ve had for one year. Not a single problem until today. I drove somewhere to pick some thing up and when I got there, I turned the car off and then pushed the start button again so that I could have some air running for my teenager in the car while I was out of the car. I expected to be only out of the car for two minutes, but ran into someone and was probably about 10 minutes instead. When I went to start the car when I got in, it put up a warning that said “stop vehicle check brakes”
and I couldn’t shift into reverse. I tried cycling through, and then I got a new warning that I needed to push the start button with my key fob, which I guess is what happens when a key fob battery dies. Started again when I did that, but still the check brake warning. I went through a few iterations of trying to make things work before turning it off and starting to look up the warnings I was getting online. When I went back to try one more time, I got nothing at all, as if the entire vehicle is dead.
I think it seems likely that I accidentally discharged my 12 V battery by leaving the air running when the vehicle was not fully on. (I still have trouble knowing when the car is in which mode.) but would that explain the check brake warning? I had to get a ride home and leave my car behind and I’m trying to decide if I need to have roadside assistance tow it to the nearest dealership, which is 20 miles away, or if I should start by jumping the 12 V battery. I certainly don’t want to drive it if there’s something actually wrong with the brakes, though.