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Emergency brake light beeps and flashes at random

1999 VW New Beetle: The brake light comes on randomly as I'm driving and will beep loudly as if I left the brake on or something. Of course I did not leave the brake on and can't find a way to make it stop.

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  • scooterchic Nov 18, 2009

    Ouch. I was hoping it wasn't something along those lines. It just seems so strange to me because sometimes I'll go weeks or even months without it beeping, then suddenly it beeps constantly. And again when it does start beeping, it's at completely random times like going down the highway or cruising - times when I'm not using my brakes. And if there was a leak or somehow a broken cylinder wouldn't I start to lose my pedal feel? I haven't, they feel just fine.
    Thanks for your help.

  • super_guy May 11, 2010

    This flashing light does not mean you left your E-Brake on. It means there's a serious issue with your brakes and that they may fail without any further warning. This light could mean low brake fluid to a broken cylinder or leak

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It would appear one of 2 things, the plug has come off the brake switch, {under dash} or the wire has been severed and is touching the body hence the light flashing and beeping. Only an inspection can resolve this issue. Good luck

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Yes, if there was a leak you would begin to notice the brakes becoming soft and un-responsive the most likely is a wiring issue, like wyno62 said. It may be the bale is adjusted wrong

Adjustments can be made where the ebrake cables connect to the handle rod, right behind the handle. You probably have to remove, or at least lift, the center console. No big deal, just uncrew the screws and lift. i would definately try these out before jumping to the conclusion that your brakes are failing. good luck

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