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Parking brake light won't go off after using

I used my parking brake this morning, when I took off the parking brake and put the car into D, the light wouldn't go off and the ABS light came on. There isn't a brake fluid leak that I know of. There isn't a puddle in the garage...

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  • mbondy380 Jan 16, 2009

    I keep having this problem with my 02 escape. parking brake light is on constantly, break fluid leaks, and now the ABS light is always on. if anyone can help that would be great thanks!

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Water might have seeped into your brake fluid which boils off due to high temperatures in the brakes resulting in brake fluid loss. I added more premium dot 3 brake fluid a little higher than the line and the parking brake light has not turned back on.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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I have the same problem sometimes. I don't see any puddles of fluid in the garage, but there must be a small leak somewhere. About every 10-15,000 miles I have to add a little bit of brake fluid and the light goes off. I took it to my mechanic and he couldn't find anything wrong with it, just said I needed brake fluid.

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Have you tried to set and release the brake again? sometimes they do stick, and often times this will help.

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