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Yellow parking brake fault light is on but brakes seem fine and handbrake engages/disengages fine

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This light (yellow) is probably the low brake fluid indicator, Red is usually parking brake. Hope this helped..

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I'm sorry but i laughed in dismay when I read your problem. The dealer is an idiot clear and simple. It is perfectly reasonable for you to expect the handbrake to be disengaged if the indicator is off.
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