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    E-brake problems

    My "BRAKE" light stays on while I am driving. Any suggestions as to why.
    (p.s. the brake is not on.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02wrx28 View Post
    My "BRAKE" light stays on while I am driving. Any suggestions as to why.
    (p.s. the brake is not on.)
    As your pads wear, the pistons have to move farther toward the disc to work. This causes the fluid level to drop in the reservoir, and eventually the floater in there triggers the brake light circuit. That's the best option.

    The circuit may be shorting out somewhere between the handbrake lever switch and the floater in the reservoir. That's the second best option.

    The worst option is that you have a genuine brake fluid leak and are in danger of being on the evening news.

    Do your best to eliminate no. 3 as the cause by checking your brake fluid level, then your pads.
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    pop your console off and check that ground wire that runs from the e brake. if you can't immediately find the problem there you could disconnect that ground. most in dash dvd players and turbo timers connect to that as a sensor, when grounded - work, if not it doesn't work. the red brake indicator is the same way.
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