I just changed the intake manifold gasket, put the whole thing back
together, and it started right up, no leaks - everything that was disconnect
is now reconnected. The "Brake" light on the dash is now on. I did not do
anything to the brakes while it was apart. I was under the impression that
the brake light only comes on when the emergency brake was applied. I set
that and released it several times, and that had no effect. I have no idea
why this light is now on or any idea of what else to do to get it to shut
off, short of removing the bulb. That is not going to happen. Any ideas?
I suppose that I make sure that it doesn't affect anything, and I dont see
that it does because I've been driving it today. I changed the rotors and
brake pads today - the ones that were on there were semi-metalic and they
left more black dust on the wheels and hubs than anything I've ever seen.
Now it slows and stops smoothly, I'd just feel better if than damn light was
off. I'll drive it for tomorrow and check the fluids and move on. Next
weekend, I pull the back wheels off and check the e-brakes. Is there
another switch apart from the one that's on the e-brake pedal?
I still can't help thinking that there is something under the hood that I'm
missing because the light was not on before I changed the intake gasket.
I honestly can't think of anything you may have missed. Since you say the
car operates fine, and stops fine, I wouldn't worry too much about the
light, until you get a chance to get those back brakes looked at.
While they seem unrelated, things sometimes get crossed. Follow the circuit
to be sure you did not pinch or short a wire. Or plug a sensor in the wrong
spot and cross a circuit. Can anything else turn the light on? Like the
brake pads worn, cable stretched etc.?
Unplug the park brake wire connector and the switch at the side of the
brake fluid reservoir. That should turn it off. The only service manual I
have for 95 is the C and H cars. Some of those have a chime module that's in
the same circuit.
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