06 Ford Focus - Brake Warning Light


Old 11-01-08, 10:57 AM
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06 Ford Focus - Brake Warning Light

Ford Focus ZX3 Man. 5spd 56000 miles

I was wondering if any one has information on all possible causes of a brake system warning light. I have already toped off the fluid level and verified the manual brake is all the way down. I asked a service guy what it might be and got the line it could be brake pads on front or rear. I did not know if that was a line or truth. Any help would be appreciated.

Also I found in the owners manual that the clutch cylinder fluid feeds from the same place as the brake master cylinder.

Thanks in advance,
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try reading your owners manual,it has a lot of good info. it could be the brake pads are worn or the clutch fluid is low or the float in the master cylinder is sticking, it seems that you do not trust a sevice guy so why do you ask novices'?
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We have many ASE techs in here Greg. Lets wait for one to respond.
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My apologies, I have had a incident where a service person tried to push something on me I knew for certain I did not need. This unfortunately left me skeptical. (My dad was a shade tree, so I learned a bit about cars weather I wanted to or not.) My statement before was not fair to the techs who view this forum, please accept my apologies.

There has been a lot of technology added to newer cars, my question was whether there was any thing else the cars computer was picking up on other a low brake fluid indication or parking brake that would cause the light to go off.

Also if there was anything that was a common issue on the Focus to cause this kind of failure. Like less than perfect master and slave cylinders for either the clutch or braking system or a rash of brake line issues.

Again, I did not mean to insult any techs who look over these issues on this forum.
Old 11-01-08, 03:46 PM
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No sweat, don't think anybody took it too hard..lol

Isn't that car the "pocket rocket" Focus? Could easily be break pads at that milage. How hard is it driven? Only way to know for sure is pull the wheels and take a look. Although, 4 wheel disc brakes right? Might be able to see w/o even pulling the wheels.
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worn brake pads will not generally put on the light unless the fluid is low for some other reason,
first thing to do is determine if the light is on because of the park brake or service brake,
check the fluid level ,make sure its topped up if this is good then there should be an electrical connector someplace on the master cylinder to monitor fluid level,find this and and unplug it,if the light goes out,then you know its a fluid level or sensor issue
if the light is still on,reconnect the master cylinder one,then find the connector on the park brake lever and disconnect it,
get back with the results
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Thumbs up Problem resolved

The issue was the clutch master cylinder was slowly leaking. The clutch master cylinder was replaced problem was resolved.

The only issue now is how do you remove the brake fluid from the carpet?

Thanks again.

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