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Old 12-04-2006, 08:58 AM   #1
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Emergency Brake Light Popping On?

So I'm driving home yersterday and my eye catches a blinking off of a light on the instrument cluster. My first thought is CEL, but as I watch closely, my Emergency Brake Light pops on occasionally, the one in the lower right-hand corner. As we all know, it's extremely aggravating to see any sign of light that's not supposed to be there, so I investigate further by performing a series of test to see when and where the light comes on.

Extreme acceleration test= Emergency Brake Light

Tight Left Turn= EB Light

Tight Right Turn= No EB Light

Bumpy Road= EB Light

So, what's the deal? Could it be a possible short in the wiring, or should I be worried that my actual Emergency Brake is still engaging somehow?

Thanks for the input my fellow FFer's.


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Old 12-04-2006, 09:01 AM   #2
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dangit, just searched and a great thread popped up explaining everything...mods, please feel free to delete if you so desire. This thread will self-destruct in 5.....4.....3.....2.....
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Old 12-05-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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Explaining everything? So, you topped up the brake fluid?
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Hoo boy, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's had this happen to them!

But - as an old fogey, I feel the need to advise... don't just top off the brake fluid. That brake fluid didn't evaporate, y'know. It's well sealed in the braking system (otherwise it would absorb moisture, a very bad thing for brake fluid).

More likely is that you have worn out pads and/or shoes, causing the brake fluid level to drop. Less likely is a leak in the braking system.

Everyone, please take a moment to inspect your brakes if you see the need to top off brake fluid.

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Thanks for the tip, but I got the oil changed today, and once my fluids were leveled off, no more light. I changed my brakes when I purchased my car, so I'm betting it's just time for some new pads.
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yeap, had the same problem this winter...just needed new pads
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Also, keep in mind that the brake system and clutch hydraulic fluid share a reservoir. What could be happening is that your clutch master cyl is leaking and thats why youre losing fluid. This was how i got my car from the stealership. Of course they fixed it for free from me. Just a word to the wise to check for that as well.
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Hoo boy, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's had this happen to them!

But - as an old fogey, I feel the need to advise... don't just top off the brake fluid. That brake fluid didn't evaporate, y'know. It's well sealed in the braking system (otherwise it would absorb moisture, a very bad thing for brake fluid).

More likely is that you have worn out pads and/or shoes, causing the brake fluid level to drop. Less likely is a leak in the braking system.

Everyone, please take a moment to inspect your brakes if you see the need to top off brake fluid.

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The resevoire also feeds the clutch master cylinder. most likely cause is the master cylinder is leaking. run your hand up the pedal, any fluid on it/ if so its time to replace it.
95% of the time this is the cause and is a sign leading to the clutch master on its way out. only problem is if the fluid gets too low it can also introduce air into the brake system.
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