Weird parking brake indicator lamp

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Old 05-29-04, 03:45 PM
chuckm
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Weird parking brake indicator lamp

1999 Dodge Caravan, V6 Automatic.

My parking brake lamp will flash "on" when taking a left hand turn, and off when taking a right hand turn. I disconnected the (single) wire connected to the micro-switch ablove the brake pedal, with no change in results.

This is happening more and more frequently and happens without touching the brake pedal or the parking brake pedal.

Assuming there's a bad switch somewhere else, where should I look?

Thanks,

Chuck
 
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Old 05-30-04, 05:56 AM
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Check the master cylinder fluid level and add if needed before you go to far it may be the fluid level sensor kicking the light on.
 
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Old 05-30-04, 06:50 PM
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Solved !

Mystery solved!

The master cylinder reservoir was a little low on fluid, just above the "minimum" mark. I added some fluid and no more flicker.

The manual says the fluid level drops as brakes wear. I'm not sure if brake wear alone will cause the fluid level to drop from max to min, but I now know what to look for.

Thanks for you help
 
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Old 05-31-04, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by chuckm
Mystery solved!
I'm not sure if brake wear alone will cause the fluid level to drop from max to min, but I now know what to look for.
Thanks for you help
It certainly will. It transfers from the resevoir into the calipers as the piston moves out.
Check your brakes. The pads are likely worn out.
 
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