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Parking Brake Warning Light

Brakes

Description

Located on the instrument panel, this warning light is usually red and labelled BRAKE. The light glows with the ignition switch in the on position.

Purpose

The parking brake warning light notifies the driver that the parking brake is engaged. This reduces the chances of driving off with the parking rake engaged, causing premature wear of the rear brakes.

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions

Use your parking brake regularly. Not using the parking brake for a long period of time and then activating it may cause cables and other parts to seize because of corrosion. If the BRAKE light stays on after you've released the parking brake, it may indicate a hydraulic system problem because the same light may be used for multiple purposes. There's also the possibility that the parking brake cable or switch may be sticking or is out of adjustment. Consult a professional technician to isolate the cause.

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