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Brake light stays on after replacing brake line and bleeding

Just replace rear brake line on 1996 chevy tahoe, bled the brakes but the brake light still stays on

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You may need to do a code scan,this will reset the computer and reset any codes if the brake problem has been taken care of.Autozone Shucks/Kragen/O'Reilly's will do this for free.

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