I own a 2004 Ford Taurus with 79k miles. I bought the car with 23k
miles on it three years ago.
A few weeks ago the ABS and Brake warning lights would pop up a few
times a week along with that LOUD bell. The brakes seemed fine and my
much more mechanically inclined friends thought it was just a sensor
problem or something.
But then the frequency of the warning lights increased and started
going off just about every time I applied the brakes. One day the
battery warning light joined in and the car died. Fortunately, it
started right back up.
My neighbor told me I needed new brake shoes for the front and so we
replaced the much worn shoes with new ones. Even though I just had the
car in for an oil change we noticed that the brake fluid and power
steering fluid were low.
Everything was fine - for a whole week.
Then this past Sunday the lights started doing their thing again.
I pulled the car over and was astounded to find dozens of acorns under
the hood. This baffled me since I drive my car every day of the
week. I got as many of the acorns out as I could and the car was
warning light free for the rest of the day.
Then Monday morning the warning lights came back on. I was able to
borrow a leaf blower at work and the 11-mile trip home was nice and
Then this morning the warning lights came on after about 10 minutes of
driving and then again about 15 minutes later. By the way, I checked
under the hood before I started driving.
Any idea what is going on?