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Old 04-25-2005, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Since I am a noob to the Taurus Forum (a second gear member of Miata.net), please go easy on me. I just purchased a 98 Taurus SE wagon. It only has 54k miles on the clock. Everything seems to be in good working order. However, the red BRAKE light on the dash is on, like when the parking brake is set. I have pulled on the e-brake handle several times, and it is not engaged. The brake fluid level is a little below MAX, but not too low. The brakes feel fine, but the light never goes off. Is there a 'sensor' on the e-brake that can go bad? Or, can the brake cable stretch to make this happen? Any and all help would be appreciated!


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p.s. I read in the FAQ section that all 96-98 4 wheel disc brake cars had ABS. Is this true?

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Old 04-25-2005, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a sensor on the ebrake for the light... I've seen this happen on numerous makes and models.

My Taurus is the opposite.... sometimes the break light never lights up when I engage it...

I'm not sure what type of switch it is...but if you spray some tuner or contact cleaner into it, the problem should be solved.


And yes, as far as I know if you have 4 wheel discs, you have abs...
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Just clean the e-brake switch with WD-40 or some rubbing alcohol. Also might wanna check your pads.
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When the parking brake pedal is let all the way up, it strikes a switch. Sometimes things get misaligned and the switch doesn't get pushed in. This happened to me when I moved my battery to the trunk, and the switch was moved to the side just a tiny bit.
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Thanks for your help, everyone! I really appreciate it, and will check that contact this afternoon!

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My old Topaz did this when there was no material left on my pads. Check them and make sure the backing plate isn't contacting the rotor.

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Originally posted by SixFoFalcon@Apr 25 2005, 07:50 PM
When the parking brake pedal is let all the way up, it strikes a switch. Sometimes things get misaligned and the switch doesn't get pushed in. This happened to me when I moved my battery to the trunk, and the switch was moved to the side just a tiny bit.


If the pedal doesn't return all the way up fully, the light won't go out. Push the pedal up with your foot, if the light goes out, the switch is worn or the cable will need to be adjusted.
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they scews that hold the switch to the park break can back off and let the switch rotate away from the pedal. causing the light to stay on.
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Check you fluid level in the MC. If it is low then your pads are worn down and you need new one.
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Update: I checked under the dash at lunch, and I saw the switch you guys told me about. I pushed the switch, but the light stayed on. It looks like there is some rubber on the top of the brake contact part that has rubbed off, but the switch should cut off if I push it in, shouldn't it? I will try some contact lube.

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