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Parking brake on while driving

Parking/Emergency brake light came on while driving. When I have had this problem before, work in the rear had to be done because they found the brake fluid leaking a bit.

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    Joseph Murphy May 13, 2009

    After they fixed I forget what its called, but it was near the wheel cylinder i remember in the rear, it has been fine up till now. As I drive, sometimes it goes off for a while then comes back on. I'll look at the brake fluid level and if its low i'll add some more and see what happens. If the brake light comes on again, I should have it checked out.

  • Joseph Murphy
    Joseph Murphy May 13, 2009

    Any brake fluid would work in the master cylinder, right?

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I would take back to the shop to check it out.
There could be another leak.
Check the fluid in the master cylinder and if low refill with the correct fluid. The light should go off if the fluid is a low

Posted on May 13, 2009

  • richtko94 May 15, 2009

    You need to use the correct brake fluid the owners manual recomends. The most common is DOT 3 type.

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