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    Hey guys just a quick question
    I was driving today and gunned it on the on ramp of a freeway when all of a sudden my brake light came on (the light for parking brake). I had trouble with a bad brake line and I fixed it, bleeding the line and everything. My question is what could this be? My brake fluid is at regular level and though one of my lines has a spot from rubbing, everything looks ok. I do not have a manual so i apologize if this is a stupid one.
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    The light comes on for three reasons: the hand brake is on, the fluid level is low due to a leak, or the fluid is low due to normal pad wear. So, check the floater switch and make sure that's not stuck shut (engaging the circuit).

    However, since the light came on when the car was leaning, I'd suspect the fluid level itself, and that implies again either normal pad wear or a leak. Double check.
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    thanks for the help. It's definitely low fluid and I need my brake pads replaced so I'll be doing that this weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    The light comes on for three reasons: the hand brake is on, the fluid level is low due to a leak, or the fluid is low due to normal pad wear. So, check the floater switch and make sure that's not stuck shut (engaging the circuit).

    However, since the light came on when the car was leaning, I'd suspect the fluid level itself, and that implies again either normal pad wear or a leak. Double check.
    I learned this yesterday, but it will also come on if there is an issue with the alternator. My PS/Alt belt disintegrated and it caused that light to come on.
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    I've seen that when both the battery and brake lights come on together there is a charging issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR
    I've seen that when both the battery and brake lights come on together there is a charging issue.
    For me, it was just BRAKE
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    Wow, shocking, never saw that one light alone! Learned something very new and useful, thanks! SD.
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    Ya it was good for me to learn too. And the thing about the alternator is different but good to know. My pads still have life on them so all I had to do was add fluid which was nice
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