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1994 Toyota 4x4 Brake Warning Light Going on and Off

The Brake Warning Light on my dashboard comes on and stays on when driving, eventually it goes off but then will come back on as I downshift (manual) and basically flickers on and off while driving. Is this a warning of some kind that I need to fix? Car has been serviced and is in good shape (104,0000 miles).

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  • scott_redman Mar 11, 2009

    Brake fluid level is low and looks like it is almost to the min level. Thanks for the tip and will have the brakes looked at. Thanks for the detailed advice!

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You have one of two problems.

The most common issue it low brake fluid in the master cylinder. As the brakes wear down, the brake fluid level drops proportionally. On the side of the master cylinder is a sensor, that measures the fluid level. Open the hood and check the level. If is is anywhere close to the "MIN" line, you may have some brakes that need replaced.

The second issue, and it is more rare, is the park brake cable rusting, and hanging up.

Easy way to check either: When the light comes on, open the hood and unplug the wire going to the sensor on the side of the master cylinder. If the light goes out, your fluid level is the issue.

Thnaks for choosing FIxYa for advice!

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