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I recently had the brakes done on my 1996 toyota 4runner. The brake fluid level is correct and the work was done by a friend who is a mechanic. The braking brake is completely down too. Why would the braking light indicator in dash still be light. Is there a way I can turn that off?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Maybe need to bleed the sistem. Thanks

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