On my way home from work, my check brake system light just came on. On the panel, it looks as though the emergency brake is on, but it is not on. All of the sudden, I am having to mash my brakes to the floor to get my surburban to stop. This was something that just happened all of the sudden and I'm not sure what is going on with it. I checked my brake fluid and it is full.
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First let's determine which brake lights are not working. Does the high mounted brake light work? Do both left and right brake light not work? If none of the brake light work, the problem could be the brake light switch at the brake pedal OR fuse #12 in the underhood fuse panel. If only the bake lights at the corner lamp assembly don't work, check fuse #34 in the rear fuse panel. The module your are referring to is the circuit board located in each of the corner lamp assemblies, check on website www.compnine.com for the part number of this item. I don't believe this is your problem though.
I work an a neighbor's Camry (she's 84) and I have learned that these cars have issues with the harnesses as they pass through the door jambs-first, check fuses though, at the driver side kick panel and under the hood at the power distribution center. Check the relays too, and you car has circuit breakers, you push the reset with a paper clip to reset it. They are great cars but they do electrical stuff sometimes, just look at your owners manual for locations of the fuses to start.
I think you could make it home, but to be on the safe side. FIRST check the normal breaking while just starting to move to make sure your brakes function normally. You your brake system may be overheated and needs to cool down for a few minutes.The ABS (Anti-Lock Braking) system is a unit that rapidly pumps the brakes with a rapid pulse. That function is now absent and you most likely now have regular functioning brakes with no ABS. IN A SAFE AREA start very slowly in low gear and push on the brakes to see how the vehicle stops. If that is good. Try it again at higher speed. You will immediately know if your Brakes are working. If so, drive home. NOTE: There is a back up brake system in all cars that works but requires a lot of pressure applied to the brakes. That is there as a safety measure. It's most likely you DO NOT have ABS. It appears as though the switch that turns on the ABS automatically in a short stop Stayed on. This would have made the pulsing ABS unit motor continue to work until it: a) burned out. or b) burned out the fuse wire that leads to it.So, in effect, it was pulsing your brakes whether you needed it or not. The smell was likely your brakes being over used. Get this checked out immediately. I just did a quick search and there has been a massive Ford Recall concerning ABS systems for many of the Ford Vehicles including the E-150s I hope this helps, Best Regards, Mark
there should be a shift lock overide button on the shifter look in owners manuel. just push button in and shift
make sure brake lights work most cars wont shift out of park unless brake is on. they use the brake light switch for this though some have a seperate switch on the brake pedal
check ALL fuses under dash and under hood replace any that are bad
the brake light comes on the dash either when the brake fluid is low in the resevoir , the fluid level switch is bad, or when there is a pressure problem in the brake system. the brake fluid level, though, is the most common. check to make sure the brake fluid is topped off. even though it may not look low, it may be low enough to light the light.
Either the system needs servicing or something has gone wrong with the brake system (YOU STILL HAVE REGULAR BRAKE OPERATION THOUGH). Check brake fluid, fuses, and try disconnecting the battery and leaving it for about a half hour. Hope this helps.
Do you have a trailer plug? Look for corrosion around taillight plug under truck in the back, PULL IT APART to see if there is any corrosion. If you find none, than take the taillight housing out and run a external wire from a clean spot on frame to the ground on housing, it could be a ground issue. Did you test light the break light switch power in power out?