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post #1 of 34 Old 01-24-2003, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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E-brake light on dash stays on

ANyone have this problem? My Emergency brake light on the dash started staying on all the time about 2 weeks ago. I know the e-brake is off, IT's all the way down and the car drives just fine.

When it first happened it was right when we started to have the cold snap, but then it warmed up for a day or so and when the temp hit about 40 it seemed to stop happening. Now that we're in the middle of this deep freeze it's happening again. What would cause the light to stay on when the weather is extra cold. I wish it would warm up again so I can test my theory that it definitely has to do with the cold...

Anyone have any ideas?

I just don't feel like taking it to the dealer just yet because my dealer can't handle anything but routine oil changes and such on Saturdays, so I'd either have to take a half day (or day) off work to get it looked at.

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post #2 of 34 Old 01-24-2003, 08:22 AM
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Check your brake fluid level. I bet you its below the low mark.

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The same thing happens to my car. After I drive for a while, it shuts off though. Maybe that's when the fluid warms up and expands a little. I don't know. I'm due for my 45000 mile checkup so I'll let the dealer know about it.
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that light is not just for the ebrake there duder , its also a warning light for your brake system (as mentioned ie: low fluid)

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As was stated, check the fluid first. Also check the cable and the area around the brake light switch. This was alittle sticky on my Xterra and when it got cold, the switch wouldn't function like it did when warm. Quick shot of some WD-40 and all was good.

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Trust me its the fluid. As for using your e-brake in the winter, you should try to stay away from that. Its just going to be bad news. Calipers tend to freeze up in the winter.

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I've noticed my rear brakes make a popping sound when I start driving, after leaving it parked in the cold with the parking brake on. No doubt the calipers are sticking...but how stable is a car that's just been left in a low gear, vs. using the e-brake? Anyone know at what point (either on a hill or from a push) it would start to roll?

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I NEVER use the parking brake on the car when it is parked, that is just begging for warped rotors. The car usually goes into first or reverse. As far as the car actually rolling forward/backward on a hill, have you ever tried to push the car when in gear? I doubt it'll go anywhere. Anyway, when you park on a hill you should always turn the tires towards the curb "just in case" the car moves, it'll stop against the curb.

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I'm the lucky one to park a car in the garage but when I leave it outside for a day I tend to look for a flat spot and just leave the car in the 1st gear or reverse , hand brake ,winter and snow just don't go together

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Ok, Car's going in next week for an oil change - they should be able to check the brake fluid as well I think. Sorry I'm a bit of a car ninny - can I check brake fluid myself and where at?

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Ok, Car's going in next week for an oil change - they should be able to check the brake fluid as well I think. Sorry I'm a bit of a car ninny - can I check brake fluid myself and where at?
Take your car manual and read where it's located ,pop the hood (I'm sure you know how to do that ,if not there should be an instruction in the manual ) and see if it's below the mark , even if you don't know much about cars you should be able to complete that task

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Our cars have an E-brake for a purpose. Use it or it will fail when you demand something of it. If they sit idle for extended periods, they seize up, and could stick ON when needed.
No, they won't cause warped rotors, unless you stood on the brakes then left the E-brake on right after.
Treat your cable like was mentioned to some lube, but I'd use lithium or white grease, not WD-40....that stuff tends to wash away.

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how do u check if ur rotors are warped??? how would u know??

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how do you check if your rotors are warped??? how would you know??
When u take the rim off sometimes its easy to see, when its bad. Another way is run your finger along the rotor and feel for uneven wear, you can deffinitly feel it, if it is.

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Our cars have an E-brake for a purpose. Use it or it will fail when you demand something of it. If they sit idle for extended periods, they seize up, and could stick ON when needed.
No, they won't cause warped rotors, unless you stood on the brakes then left the E-brake on right after.
Treat your cable like was mentioned to some lube, but I'd use lithium or white grease, not WD-40....that stuff tends to wash away.
well your inforamtion is somehow inncorect , the hand brake could cause the rotors to wrap if you pull it and leave it on after very hard braking ,
and to ask SSJVegita question you will feel vibration from your brake pedal under load and that could be a sign of a wrapped rotor

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