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Old 06-24-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Last night my serpentine belt shredded into peices and then my e-brake light wouldnt turn off after the e-brake lever was down. WTF is going on with this damn brake?
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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is it working? is it still engaged while you move?
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:59 PM   #3
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fyi you don't have a serpentine belt - there are 2 separate regular belts, one for the a/c and one for the PS and alternator

if the PS/alt belt is broken then you will be getting no charge and the dash indicator lights will behave like the engine is not running - likely there is nothing going on with the brake, but check the fluid level (that light is the fluid indicator for the regular brakes as well as the e-brake indicator)
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:06 PM   #4
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fyi you don't have a serpentine belt - there are 2 separate regular belts, one for the a/c and one for the PS and alternator

if the PS/alt belt is broken then you will be getting no charge and the dash indicator lights will behave like the engine is not running - likely there is nothing going on with the brake, but check the fluid level (that light is the fluid indicator for the regular brakes as well as the e-brake indicator)
Agreed

Your ebrake light will also come on when your alternator stops working.
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:32 PM   #5
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fyi you don't have a serpentine belt - there are 2 separate regular belts, one for the a/c and one for the PS and alternator

if the PS/alt belt is broken then you will be getting no charge and the dash indicator lights will behave like the engine is not running - likely there is nothing going on with the brake, but check the fluid level (that light is the fluid indicator for the regular brakes as well as the e-brake indicator)
Its def my power steering because when it shredded while driving i almost hit a car while making a turn and the wheel is hard as hell to move, so because the belt is off the lights act up like that? I also thought the the brake light was to tell you that the ebrake is still activated?
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:47 PM   #6
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I'm so glad I stumbled upon this thread. My light has been on even when the ebrake is fully disengaged. I'm going to have to go check my fluid level in a minute.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:59 PM   #7
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^^^ if it *is* low, then check your pad thickness before simply topping off the fluid - really the only reason for the fluid level to drop (apart from a leak) is that the pads are getting low, drawing extra fluid into the caliper pistons

all this is in your owner's manual btw
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:06 PM   #8
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Im looking for the e-brake fluid right? Or just the regular brake fluid container? Where can i find it?
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:38 PM   #9
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yeh chances are your fluid is low. Top off the brake fluid reservoir, located beside the clutch reservoir usually. Like others have said, be aware theres either a leak or an issue arising with your brakes.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:18 PM   #10
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Im looking for the e-brake fluid right? Or just the regular brake fluid container? Where can i find it?
The e-brake is cable operated - the light indicates that your regular brake fluid is low. The brake reservoir is the easily visible one - the clutch reservoir is much smaller and tucked up by the firewall. Check your owner's manual for underhood diagrams.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:48 PM   #11
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The same belt runs the power steering pump and alternator. If that belt broke, the alternator is not working and that is why your e-brake light is on (the battery light will be on as well). Once you replace the belt the lights should go out.
Before you put the new belt on, check that the alternator and steering pump turn freely and that the pullies are straight. The belt may just have shredded from being worn out, but you want to be sure there is no problem with the driven accessories that caused it.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:01 PM   #12
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One variation I have seen...When my ebrake light and battery light was on I freaked. Belt was ok, ebrake was disengaged, etc. Turns out the terminal on top of the alternator was corroded. Once I cleaned it off it was fixed; no problems.
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