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Old 01-19-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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Possible Break Fluid Leak?

I've noticed in the past couple of days that my ebrake warning light will randomly pop on and off. Sometimes it just flashes extremely quickly and other times it stays solid if I stop at a light or am on a hill. I looked it up and people mentioned that it also means that the brake fluid is low, however, I just refilled the braake fluid and replaced the brakes a couple of months ago. I was wondering how I would go about figuring out if there is a leak and how to fix it. Thanks!


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Check the lines and your calipers to see if you can find anything wet, also check under the resivour. Just one of those things where you have to search around until you find whre its leaking from. Do you have a manual transmission? If so, your master cylinder could be at fault, check for fluid by your clutch petal... Good luck.
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My car was doing the same. Turned out to be my pads were so worn it was taking more fluid to brake so it would give me the light. Getting pad and rotor upgrades in the mail this week! :D
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:06 AM   #4
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I do have a manual transmission. Ill check that first, as it sounds the easiest to do. I have no idea how to check the lines or anything.
I replaced my brake pads and rotors when I bought the car four months ago, so I don't see how it could be that one. Thanks guys!
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Just for reference, where would the fluid be by the clutch pedal if it were the master cylinder?
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Might also want to check your hand brake for correct operation. The warning light is also used to tell you the handbrake is on. The electrical connector is covered by the handbrake boot. If the electrical connector is loose, dirty or corroded it may be giving intermittent "on" signals.

To answer your question, hydraulic fluid usually "weeps" or dribbles down the back of the clutch pedal.
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Brake & clutch are fed from the same reservoir, you can check the float switch by removing the cap & checking the light when the float is up (off) or down (on).

Check E-brake handle switch quickly by seeing if the light goes on & off normally by raising & lowering the handle.

Random operation of that light, which doesn't correspond to either switch position, can be an instrument cluster fault. (I had that problem, worked fine at times then randomly lit the light. When light was randomly lit, neither switch position affected it.)

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