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Old 02-19-2004, 12:26 AM   #1
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Angry Problem with parking break light.

here's the problem. I start my car release the parking break lever, drive off and then get pissed off. Its because my parking break light on the dash remains lit. After good 10 minutes of driving, the light would sometimes shut off. But, sometimes it would turn on and off continuously for a long period of time. Its a really frustrating and confusing situation.

Any help in this matter would be GREATLY appreciated.
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Old 02-19-2004, 12:26 AM   #2
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oh, by the way, I have an 02' WRX (bone stock)
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Old 02-19-2004, 01:02 AM   #3
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on the older models the same light comes on when the brake fluid is below a certain point. Maybe check the fluid.

Do the daytime running lights turn on when you release the parking brake or do they stay off?
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Old 02-19-2004, 05:12 AM   #4
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Yes, it's not just the parking brake light, but the brake system trouble light. I'd take it in to have things checked out.
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Old 02-19-2004, 07:11 AM   #5
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If the fluid level is low check your pads first. As the pads wear and the pistons move outward in the calipers the fluid level in the reservoir will drop. If the level drops below a certain point it will trigger the warning light. This is the only reason for the fluid level to be low other than a leak.
If you just fill the reservoir to make the light go out and then change the pads later, the fluid may overflow when the new pads are installed.
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:15 PM   #6
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Old 02-24-2004, 03:22 PM   #7
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Do the daytime running lights turn on when you release the parking brake or do they stay off?
And the whole time i was tweaking with the parking brake system trying to find a solution.

The parking brake light stays off,

thanks hawk
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Old 02-24-2004, 03:25 PM   #8
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By the way guys,

Thanks a lot, you saved me many hours and days of stress.
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One thing for you guys out there having the same problem as me is that you'll notice that when you accelerate, the parking brake light would turn off. Here is the reason(thanks to Peaty)

Brake fluid takes up the space behind the piston making the brake fluid level go down. If the light is flickering it probably happens on acceleration or a sharp turn because the brake fluid is sloshing around. Another thing that may make it come on is the float inside the reservoir is stuck. The float has a sensor on it to let you know when the level gets low. If the level looks good and the light is on check that the float isn't stuck. Barring any of those things the e-brake switch that tells you it's up may be broken, but not likely.
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