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Old 12-23-2008, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all!

I was coming home from school today, and on my home, the emergency brake light started flashing. It continued to flash until I arrived home and turned off the car.

I don't know if this means anything, but when I engage the emergency brake, the light in the dash doesn't light up. It does light up when I turn the car on, but other than that it stays off.

Any ideas?
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How is your brake fluid level? Have you had any brake work done recently?

Check to make sure the spring that encases the push pin on the parking brake pedal is operating smoothly. When you push down on the pedal, the spring should push the pin down causing the light on the dash to illuminate...when you release the brake, the pedal should apply enough pressure to make it retract up into the assembly and turn off the light. If you look at the pedal when it's activated, look up a little bit where the rubber piece is...you should see it around there (the pin).
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just checked and topped off all of the fluids except the oil, which was mysteriously at the correct level...

I don't know, maybe that will help. I checked that little pin that you mentioned about, and it seems to be working properly. It goes up and down with the pedal.
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As Geek says, if the light comes on when the brake isn't engaged, that means low brake fluid according to my owners manual... It doesn't say anything about flashing however... Was it a constant flash, like something is making it flash for a reason, or is it more of a sporadic flash that goes on and off at random intervals? It's isn't as easy to spot a problem with the pin just by looking at it... Stick your fingers up there and pull it out as far as it can go with the brake engaged, and then release the pedal and see if the pin pops out as far when you re engage it...
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Each flash lasted about one second long. It would stay on for one full second and then go off for one full second. I will mess with that pin when I go out next (which might be a while, it is COLD!)
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Each flash lasted about one second long. It would stay on for one full second and then go off for one full second. I will mess with that pin when I go out next (which might be a while, it is COLD!)
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is there a pattern to the flashing??? (for example..... flashes a few times... than a pause than flashes again)
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Each flash lasted about one second long. It would stay on for one full second and then go off for one full second. I will mess with that pin when I go out next (which might be a while, it is COLD!)
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is there a pattern to the flashing??? (for example..... flashes a few times... than a pause than flashes again)
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It was just a steady on and off the whole time.
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Probably just a sticky plunger then... Do you normally engage the parking brake?
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Probably just a sticky plunger then... Do you normally engage the parking brake?
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I only ever use it when I park on any kind of hill.
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