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08-06-2013 09:37 AM
mad_hatter
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Originally Posted by Just-Bill View Post
The brake light lights inconsistently and even if I hold down the E-brake switch while driving it still lights randomly. (fluids topped off)
If your brake fluid reservoir is full and the parking brake switch works as expected, I'm starting to wonder if you have a failing instrument cluster? Please see my post...http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=321859
04-30-2013 01:33 PM
Just-Bill
I am having this same issue

The brake light lights inconsistently and even if I hold down the E-brake switch while driving it still lights randomly. (fluids topped off)
08-12-2008 08:58 PM
gonzorelic
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Originally Posted by Blurvfocus View Post
The switch is operated by a float. When the fluid gets to be "just so", any little vibration or bump or ripple in the surface of the fluid will cause it to make momentary contact. Unless you have a drastic leak, the light never goes from always off to always on- it always passes thru an extended period of flashing.
i thought it worked like a low fuel light. once the level gets to a certain point the light comes on and stays on until you up the brake fluid level. anyway reguardless just spray some wd40 on the switch under the console thru the boot. its simple to pop off and you shouldnt damage anything unless your drunk.
08-12-2008 07:11 PM
Blurvfocus
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Originally Posted by gonzorelic View Post
and common sense will tell you that a irradic light flashing in no particular sequence isnt the way the car is programmed to warn you about anything.
The switch is operated by a float. When the fluid gets to be "just so", any little vibration or bump or ripple in the surface of the fluid will cause it to make momentary contact. Unless you have a drastic leak, the light never goes from always off to always on- it always passes thru an extended period of flashing.
08-12-2008 06:22 AM
bluefront This thread is pretty funny..... trying to avoid adding brake fluid? Having worked at a dealer for a long time, maybe 95% of flashing brake warning light problems are fixed with a little brake fluid.

Sure taking the consul apart is easy and free....but you do risk breaking something, or scratching something, or losing something. Brake fluid is cheap.
08-12-2008 03:00 AM
<focusONthis> I'll check the e brake switch in the morning. I'll let u guys know what happens.

I gotta say, thanks for all the help everyone! I really appreciate all the advice from you guys!
08-11-2008 09:12 PM
gonzorelic you dont have to tear the console apart. just pull the boot off the ebrake handle and you can see the switch. and common sense will tell you that a irradic light flashing in no particular sequence isnt the way the car is programmed to warn you about anything. i would use common sense and realize that a switch or sensor is malfunctioning causing the light to blink irregularly. not that the car needs brake fluid.
08-11-2008 09:05 PM
Blurvfocus Have you thought of buying an erector set for yourself? LOL JUST KIDDING for Pete's sake! I do know what you mean...
08-11-2008 08:58 PM
zappaMan What unit you buy it in depends solely on where you live ;) I hear what you are saying, but for me it costs me nothing to take the console apart and test the switch (besides about 30 minutes of time, including re-assembly). I would rather turn a wrench then buy fluid and waste most of it, both for cost and environmental reasons. I know, I know... how much is my time worth, but for me it is fun and enjoyable so that doesn't bug me at all. But to each their own.
08-11-2008 08:43 PM
Blurvfocus
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Originally Posted by zappaMan View Post
It also doesn't make sense to buy a litre of brake fluid to add a touch when you know you can't use it if it sits for more then a month or two.
Right. But it makes perfect sense to buy a pint.

Is it your position that it makes sense to start tearing the console out when there is the possibility a squirt of brake fluid will fix it? For all I know, you might be right- It might just be the switch. But tearing into the console before you've even tried the simplest of fixes is simply poor practice. Do the easy stuff first.
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