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I have a really dumb blonde question to ask. I have mitsubishi lancer glxi 1996. And lately the handbrake/exclamation light has been coming on. Not too long ago I did add brake fluid to the brake fluid place (I know nothing about cars) and it stopped for a while. However it has come back on and it actually looks as though there is enough brake fliud in there. It now it comes on and stays on for an hour or so then goes off. ????????? Help Melissa

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  • Melissa Oct 14, 2008

    Oh my gosh way over my head.... bloody cars. E-brake? I just though I had brakes lol. Ummm well it is the handbrake light on the dash that is coming on and staying on, it is not the actual brake light. I thought that its probably trying to warn me about something.... smart aye! However the little symbol on the dash looks a little like this however imagine it in a car ((!)) / ((P)). The exclamation gave me the clue something is wrong and the p well park. Plus when the handbrake is on that normally is on. I have tried pushing the release button on the handbrake but it still stays on. Oh and I just poured the brake fluid in till it went to the max line not too long ago about a month. And unfortunately I can't get the lid off again (Stupid ex). Would be grateful of any advice at this stage.

    Thanks Melissa.

    P.S. Haha just work out e-brake is emergency brake. And to think i have a degree!!! Wat is the world coming too.



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Haha this is so funny.... I swear if they weren't so useful I would give it away. Well I also need to explain myself better too! It is a manual transmisson so there is no park position light. I have had the car about two years. The ((!)) / ((p)) is also one little icon they take up one little square on the dash. The light normally only every came on when I put the handbrake on. I have try many a times to try and make sure the handbrake (e-brake lol) ie push the release button and push down on it. I managed to finally get the stupid lid off the brake fluid thingy and yes it was still full. And i checked the bottle of brake fluid and we didn't put much in anyway. It was still extremely full. So I don't think it is a leak. I was thinking (not a wise idea when it comes to cars obviously Haha) i did replace the brake pads at the front when i first got it, are there brake pads in the rear wheels? No doubt a dumb question.
But thank you soooooooooo much for you help so far it must be extremely frustrating for you working with someone who is completely thick when it comes to cars. I will click fixya when finished on here and finally decided that it is impossible for me to fix it lol!!!

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Ok Lisaa, is it the brake light that's coming on, or actually a light for the handbrake? If this light is for the handbrake, check the handbrake the next time it lights up, by doing this, push in release button and push e-brake down as far as u can. Does the light go off? Sometimes if the e-brake is on just slightly, the dash light will go on. I am not familiar w/ Mitsubishi dash warning lights, but usually there is only one brake warning light and it's an indication of a brake problem. Give me any more info that u can, if it's the brake system warning light u need to get it checked out asap. How much fluid did u add, and have u checked it again? Let me know, countrycurt0

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  • Curt Downs Oct 14, 2008

    Melissa, a couple of things I want to clarify, u said u pushed in the handbrake release button, but the light stayed on, did u push down on the handbrake while pushing in the button?
    Make sure the brake fluid is filled up, if it has gone down in a month, since u last filled it, something is wrong, (leak) and u need to have it checked before u have an e-mergency (sorry about that, I unknowingly use terms that not everyone understands on occasion!). So, I think your brakes are ok, as long as the fluid level is still to the level u filled it to. The handbrake light could be just a faulty switch that is causing it to go on randomly. When u pull up on the handbrake this switch is supposed to turn on the dash light, and it could just be a faulty (loose) wire in that circuit. My only other question is the ((P)) light. That's the transmission Park light that normally is on when shifted into park position? Just want to make sure it's not a light that's not usually on, and means something else! Curt



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