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While driving 65mph, brake light came on for about 5-10seconds and engine reved up for about 5 seconds (tachyometer reved up). When I got to work, my brake fluid reservoir was completely empty. My husband went to Toyota to purchase the brake fluid and was told the brake fluid is not checked w/routine maintenance...only when brakes are actually worked on. Never had a problem w/brakes when all of this happened. Car driving fine. Was told at last service that brake pads should probably be replaced at next servicing. Does the fact that the car reved up indicate another type of problem or could the empty brake fluid reservoir have caused the brake to engage while I was accelerating? That is what it seemed like it did. Thanks so much! (2005 Toyota Avalon)

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The ABS would have worked when the brake fluid dropped off. There is a maintenance schedule for checking brake pads/master cylinder kits. so if you have skipped this I recommend that it is important to have the brakes done up fully. Loss of fluid inthe system make the different wheels to lock seperately and the ABS sensors give command to the ECM to compensate-- the reason the rev went up.
So finally do not pour any fluid into because you have a faulty leak, maybe inthe wheel cylinder buckets. So have all the wheels checked before the fluids are replaced and bled to have your brakes back as new.

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