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Re: I released my brakes and the brake light is still on.
There is a small switch above the brake pedal with a black wire going to it, they stick or the little bracket they set in gets bent, this allows the switch to stay on and in turn the light for the E-Brake stays on, press on the switch and push the little spring loaded plunger in, that light should go out, also make sure the brake pedal is all the way up, if it doesn't want to fully return adjust the park brake cable.
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the release is a solenoid that is powered by applying the brakes. do you have brake lights. that gives you an indication that the signal is being generated and that the solenoid is either bad or miss adjusted. this device is within the shifter console.
Could be your brake light switch,here's a link to what it look's like.It's located on the brake pedal,may just need adjusting or replaced,push in pedal with hand and look and see if switch is engaging and releasing,easy to adjust,loosen or tighten nut,may need a flashlight to see good.
It's mounted at top of your brake pedal (just above brake pedal under dash) It will be little plastic switch w/wire plug-in. Remove wire plug-in, unclip old switch insert new switch re-attached wiring and your done.
The brake light switch is located behind the brake pedal. To replace the brake light switch, first disconnect wire couplink ,next unscrew the switch from behind the bracket. You will see a locknut holding it in place.Remove the lock nut and the brake light switch will come out easily. After replacing the brake light switch make sure that when the break pedal is in released position that the buton on the switch is pressed in. you may have to ajust the switch position to achieve this goal.Thanks. you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.
check the brake fluid level, if low the brake light will light, if fluid is full then you may have a bad switch for e-brake handle, unplug switch ,if light goes out then switch is bad. also when e-brk is released make sure handle goes all the way down. start there hope this helps.
When you release the parking brake, the handle goes down, but the cable in the casing is probably not moving. When you drive away, your parking brake is still set. The movement of the wheels against the brake shoes (or discs) produces heat pretty quickly and causes the brakes to release (at least enough so that there is no longer any contact between the brake shoe or disc and the brake drum or rotor).
The casing normally runs from the back of each hub to a point somewhere forward where they come close together so the brake handle can pull both brake cables at once. The casings could be lubbed, but that is something you probably want a garage to try to do (pretty messy, spraying lub into a casing with the cable is in it, and not a guaranteed solution unless both cables are disconnected, removing from the casings, and cleaned).
Probably the best thing to do to solve the problem in the short run is NOT to set the parking brake in very cold weather.
Hope this is helpful.