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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-20-2007, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Brake warning light on dash-Solved

I'm noticing that the BANG symbol is illuminated on my dash. Not constantly, came on and turned off 3 or 4 times over the last day or two.

What is this telling me? Is this a brake problem? I've not noticed any problems with the brakes when the light is illuminated.

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not sure about the bang symbol.....but the brake light will come on and go off if your fluid level is right at the sensor.

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Check your brake fluid level ASAP. If low, look for the cause.

Fluid level drops as the pads wear, so check to see if it's time for new ones. Hopefully, it's just pad wear.

Check for hydraulic leaks. A leak is a major safety issue and needs to be addressed imediately.

If there are no leaks and the pads a worn but not yet at the end of thier life, add a bit of brake fluid to bring it above the minimum mark. Keep an eye on it, just in case there is a leak that you missed.
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You guys are gold thanks!


BTW Bang is the ! symbol. And the one on the dash looks like ((!)) .

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If everything else checks out OK, sometimes when the alternator is getting ready to crater it will make various dash warning lights come on and off or flicker. Various warning lights get their ground through the alternator field circuit.
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also check to make sure the e-brake is all the way down.

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Yes, that's the problem, sorta. Looks like the switch is sticking. I figure this is the problem as when the ((!)) symbol is lit, I don't have any DRL. When the light is off, I do. No brake performance issues.

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too many ebrake slides, eh?

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e-brakes: not just for emergencies anymore!
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E braking not for emergencies??

Oh no, now I gotta try one of these.....
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