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Old 11-03-09, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default 2000 ES300, Brake light (in-dash)

Hey yall, I haven't been having any problems with my ES whatsoever -- I love it, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Just recently, I've noticed that the little in-dash BRAKE back light (when you apply the emergency brake) will come on and off randomly, when the emergency brake is not applied.

I'm not too worried, because I don't notice the car driving any different but I have a couple of questions: Why is it doing this? Could there be any harm being done with this light coming on and off, affecting the car without me knowing? How can I fix this (without going to the dealership)? Any and all thoughts and suggestions are welcome. And as always:

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Brake fluid is low. It should solve the problem if you add some. I had the same thing happen to my 2ES. It was to the point where it would flash on/off intermittently and annoy the crap out of me lol...
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Brake fluid is low. It should solve the problem if you add some. I had the same thing happen to my 2ES. It was to the point where it would flash on/off intermittently and annoy the crap out of me lol...
LOL! What are the odds! haha this happened to me a few days ago, got some more fluid to top and good to go, so far 4-5 days no problems!
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Don't just add fluid w/o checking the brakes first.

The fluid is low because the brake pistons must go further out to compensate for the wearing/worn brake pads. Check the pads just to be on the safe side, and make sure there arent any brake fluid leaks, especially at the master cylinder or brake booster.

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^^Haha, good point. Sorta forgot about that since mine were perfect when I did my stuff
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Old 11-04-09, 05:21 AM   #6
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Thanks a bunch for the replies guys. I think that's got to be it, because I need a brake job pretty bad. I'm assuming it's both needing new brakes + brake fluid. Would you recommend I still check for any brake fluid leaks? You guys are the best.
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Good information guys, will keep this in my memory bank in case this ever happens to me. I just replaced all my brakes and upgraded to drilled and slotted rotors with ceramic brake pads and topped of my brake fluid reservoir. Jem1660, for safety reasons, I would still do a quick check to make sure you dont have any leaks, if your going to take in your car to have the brakes done, they should check for any leaks.........good luck.
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thanks guys, my brake fluid was low also. Dashboard brake Light is now off.
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Don't just add fluid w/o checking the brakes first.

The fluid is low because the brake pistons must go further out to compensate for the wearing/worn brake pads. Check the pads just to be on the safe side, and make sure there arent any brake fluid leaks, especially at the master cylinder or brake booster.

I like to be sure
^Thats exactly my thought as well. Good luck, it should just be a straight forward brake job.
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