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The brake light comes on, but I have brakes and my brake fluid box is full. The light comes on after I start driving.

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We are talking about the Brake Light and not the ABS Light or Parking Brake Light?
I am assuming there are no leaks.
I am also assuming you are not losing any Brake Fluid, regardless of no visible leaks?
Have you checked the condition of your Brake Pads?
When was the last time you had new Brake Pads put on? If they are worn down, the Brake Light will come on. Do not wait until you hear noise, then it is too late, the Rotors will be scored, and need of being turned or replaced.
There is a Brake Fluid Level Sensor located on the side of the Master Cylinder Reservoir. Check this connection, the locking clip on these breaks easily, causing a loose connection and triggering the light. Unplug this and check the electrical connects for corrosion and oxidation (white stuff) on both ends. Clean/scrap any of the of this off the metal connections. Replug and check operations.
I assume the Rear Brake Lights come on when you step on the Brakes; and go off when you release the Brakes?
If these (new pads, cleaning connections) do not fix the problem:
Start the Van, and with a Partner: pumping, then holding, and Releasing the Brakes, check the Fluid Level each time in the Master Cylinder. Is it falling below the Minimum Line of the Reservoir? This would indicate that all the Brake Pads are extremely low and is triggering the Brake Light to come on.
The other possibility is the Master Cylinder Reservoir Sensor is going bad. This is rare, but still a possibility.
Let me know if this helped, or if you have additional information or questions. Feel free to contact me at!

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