Over the last couple of months I've had the brake light coming on. It comes
on only when I brake and only happens when the car is cold. After driving
about 10 to 15 minutes the light stops coming on. I've also noticed it tends
to happen only when it's colder out, when the temperature is in the 50s or
I've checked the fluid level and it's fine. The element that checks the
fuild level seems to be moving freely. I haven't changed the fluid in a long
time, although I don't think that's the source of the problem because the
fluid is still fairly clean. I've considered the parking brake switch, but I
find it odd that the light coming on coincides with me braking the car.
One thing I want to make clear is that this is the brake light, the same one
for the parking brake, not the ABS light.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.
what make, model, year????
if you have an after-market master cylinder, the low fluid lever sender
unit may be at fault. they are pretty cheesy and often malfunction.
provided you regularly check the fluid level, it's ok to disconnect the
sensor leads. better yet, replace with the proper honda unit.
I've had a similar problem for years now with my 98 Accord. As the weather
gets colder, the light will come on in the morning, then sometimes go off
when the car warms, sometimes it stays on for a couple of days, then goes
out. When it first started, I took it in, no brake problems so he just said
wait until it finally stays on, easier to diagnose. Well that was 3 years
ago and it still behaves the same. On in fall & winter, but not everyday,
never comes on in warm weather. I just ignore it now. However, mine is
never related to touching the brake pedal, so you may want to have it looked
at just for piece of mind.
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