My Brake warning light came on last night. The parking brake (ebrake) was not engaged--and rarely do I ever even use it. I checked the brake fluid, and it IS close to the MIN level--but not empty. I'll add more fluid today, but if that doesn't solve it, what else could trigger the brake light to come on, and how serious (i.e.: expensive) would it be to fix?
1999 Nissan Maxima: nearly 200K miles, replaced 2 ignition coils (other 4 are going bad), replaced alternator, otherwise good condition. Had front end from about the radiator forward ripped off during wreck in 2005 before I owned it. Repaired by dealership.
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Re: Brake Light On (in dash)
Look inside all wheels and under car for break fluid, you may have a wheel cyl.leaking or a busted break line, or the resavor may have got low enought to trigger the light. if no visable signs of fluid leaks, take it to a local auto parts store and have them hook there scanner up and turn your break light off for you (unless you can disconnect battery to erase the break light i don't know). you may have just triggered the switch for (to low fluid.)
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The ABS light illuminates when there is an "out of specification" condition. From your description, it sounds like your parking brake cable may require tightening, or there may be an issue where the rear brakes are not properly releasing when the parking brake is released. With car that is nearly 20 years old, it is not inconceivable that the rear brakes and parking brake assembly may require regular service.
A good first step would be to have error codes read out by a local mechanic or auto parts store. This may give you a better indication of the specific problem. In any case, ANY brake warning should be taken VERY SERIOUSLY and corrected IMMEDIATELY, as you may have a potentially dangerous potential of catastrophic brake failure. PLEASE GET THE ISSUE FIXED RIGHT AWAY!
You mean the red brake warning light ? Besides have the parking brake engaged ,low brake fluid in the master cylinder . This could mean you front brakes need replacing or you have a leak in the brake Hydraulic system !
the red brake warning lamp will illuminate if a: there is a base brake problem (low fluid) check the fluid leve if low find out now where it is going, low or worn out pads/shoes, or B: the e brake pedal is not ruturing all the way up, try pulling on the release handle while pulling the pedal up, if that fixes it find out why the pedal is falling probably needs a new ebrake pedal or new cables
The light can stay on for other reasons other then the park brake. Things like low fluid level in the master cylinder and defective master cylinders make it come on. Of course the park brake switch is also a common reason. Check the park brake switch for damaged wiring or other issues first.
In the dash, there are 2 warning lights associated with the brake system The
first and most important is the Red " BRAKE " light in
the dash.One light has 2 functions. It informs you that the
parking brake is engaged and more importantly it informs you that the hydraulic
brake system reservoir fluid is at a low level. The system uses a wire
schematic that you can see in picture #2. From the #12 fuse, the circuit goes to
the warning light in the instrument cluster. From there it travels via cables to
both circuits in the brake fluid reservoir and then to ground G102 which is
located behind the instrument cluster . The black buttons at the top of the
reservoir are test buttons for the floats in the reservoir.
ello: First grab hold of the park brake pedal and pull it towards you, then open hood and visually make sure brake reservoir is full to the line, if either of the previous does not correct then you may have a failed park brake switch. Park brake switch is mounted on the park brake pedal assembly. If failed you should beable to unplug it and the light and buzzer should go off.
The brake light is actuated by the float in the brake fluid resevoir. When the sensor travels down the light comes on. When the sensor travels or floats in the fluid the light goes off. Check to see that the brake fluid level is at the full line on the resevoir under thje hood. Most cars of this model use standard dot 3 fluid. Another thing that will turn on the brake light is if the parking brake is applied. Check to see if the park brake is locked in its fully released setting. Sometimes you have to pull the park brake pedal up as you pull the release lever to ensure it is up all the way. riding around with the park brake engaged will burn the rear brake shoes up in a very short time.