Question about Kia Spectra
Hi, to answer the question about the alternator, the battery light along with the brake will come on when your alternator has failed at the internal regulator. it's in the way the dash routes the wires to each lamp, the power is not sensed at the battery light lamp and for whatever reason, it turns on the brake lamp. now, replace the alternator and if both lights don't go out, only the alternator (battery) light goes out, you may have air in the brake lines, or perhaps the master cylinder is going bad and leaking either internally, or externally. but first thing is to check and make sure the brake fluid is full of course. if both lights do go out, ( which they should if the alternator is the only cause) then you may still want to check the brakes for air, and the master cylinder for any external/internal leaks. take a bright flashlight and look at the brake master cylinder where it mounts onto the vacuum booster(in case your don't know where this is, it's where to put the brake in and straight down from there) and look for paint that appears to be peeling up, or heavy fluid residue. this is a very good indication of leaking externally. the only other thing to do is to start the vehicle and push on the brake pedal in park and hold it there and see if it seems to move towards the floor gradually, this is an indication of a internal leak at the master cylinder, or air in the lines. you may have to try this test a couple of times at least to be sure. hope i could help. if you have more questions, please write a comment, i will check periodically.
Posted on Jul 23, 2010
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That said, the parking brake adjuster works the same way as it does on most any other vehicle with a drum brake setup.
The parking bake adjuster works only when backing up. Sound like your may be getting stuck. The "hop" you feel may just be when the obstruction comes free/loose and fully release the emergency/parking brake
When it comes to poor parking brake operation, check for contaminated or excessively worn parking brake shoes.
I am surprise the dealer did not suggest this as a possible cause. Go back to dealer or find a reputable brake shop to check this out. Both rear wheels and rotors should be removed and the parking brakes inspected. This is a lot easier and cheaper fix than it will be if the problem is in the transmission (which it could be).
Please post a comment when you find out the true cause if this or something else so I can add this to my knowledge base. J
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