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Why would brake light come on when I press down fast and hard? Not during regular driving. Could it be brake fluid? I just had the pads changed less than 6 mo. ago

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Your brake lights are controlled electrically only and have nothing to do with brake fluid levels, only the pedal position. Check the brake light switch. It is next to the brake pedal but close to the top of the pedal. Remove it and connect the wires on the connecter together by using a small piece of wire. The brake lights should light up with the ignition turned on.

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I assume you are referring to the brake light on the dash.....yes, this most certainly be the issue, especialy if th fluid had not been checked and/or topped up.........note : if you are going to be driving the car above 'normal', you definetly should be checking all fluid levels........

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Front brakes pads are stucked, they wont release the disc, what could be the problem? Plz help!


My best guess is that you forgot about changing your brake fluid...
but the fact that you are fighting both front calipers together... is causing me (some) doubt.

Brake fluid can seriously damage your car's (paint) finish... use caution! Flush with water... never wipe (the paint WILL wipe off right away)... Also if you are not inclined to have or buy QUALITY brake & tubing wrenches... stop here and HIRE SOME ONE to do this work for you (it will most likely cost less in the long run).

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You will need to get a pad spreading tool... Although I own a wonderful old fashioned brake bleeder... (I think) THE BEST approach is the two person press release system.

AFTER CHECKING (AND NOTING) your BRAKE FLUID LEVEL:
I would suggest opening the bleeder valve on the drivers side
and forcing some space between the rotor and the caliper pads**(see note)... CLOSING THE VALVE.

The fluid that came out should be clean & clear... if it is NOT you are on the right track...

You might get your pistons free by playing with them... Again... check your fluid level... and then press the drivers side piston back into place from the BRAKE PEDAL... checking the fluid level at every opportunity...

Repeat the process on the passenger side... If your rotor is turning free... press the pads back in place from the brake pedal (STILL checking the fluid level at every opportunity).

If this improves the situation... you probably have some near future work due on your calipers (rebuild kits and/or are available for most cars)... otherwise you are looking at your proportioning valve... and master cylinders as the problem areas.

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