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Parking break light is on & Chimming When P. Break is released

I have a 2003 Chevy Suburban 1500 4WD. Recently the parking break light is on and the "engaged" bell is chimming even though the break is released. I took the vehicle to a repair shop and they advised me the brakes are fine and said something about a sensor on the parking break assembly. Any ideas?

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On your parking brake assembly is a single wire switch. You can unplug it, but you will have to remember not to drive with it set. To replace the switch the whole assembly will have to come out. The switch is about $20 and labor should run about two hours. Good Luck

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    Worked like a charm. Thanks for the great information Mike!

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Where is the brake sensor on a 2003 Chevy suburban?

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