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    "Brake" light in gauge cluster

    What would cause the "brake" light in my gauge cluster to light up when accelerating from a stop? This has been happening for a week or so now and I'm wondering if there's something wrong with my hand brake maybe?

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    Loose sensor? Does the hill-holding function have an indicator light?
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    Yeah it does, but that's not coming on

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    Probably not much help but when I had my civic that meant I was low on brake fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucewayne View Post
    Probably not much help but when I had my civic that meant I was low on brake fluid.
    Sounds like it's worth checking to me thanks

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    Check the fluid level. If OK, check the plunger. If not OK, you either your pads are worn or have a leak. Find out which.
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    The light will come on if fluid is low (find out why the fluid is low don't just add any first. Is it leaking or are the pads just that low)
    Or it may also come on if there's too much of a pressure difference somewhere in the system (manufacturer specific I believe, may not be on subarus)
    And if all else fails check the switch and ground at your parking brake

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    Hill assist has a light? I've never seen it come on before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13 View Post
    Hill assist has a light? I've never seen it come on before...
    When you are on a hill the brake fluid reads even lower when it is low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mycologist View Post
    When you are on a hill the brake fluid reads even lower when it is low.
    Yeah I know that...I thought he meant that when the hill assist is engaged while sitting at a stoplight, that there was a little light that flashed to show it was engaged...not because of the brake fluid.
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