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Old 09-10-2009
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emergency break light comes on

hey, so a few days ago, i noticed that the emergency break light comes on, when i hit the breaks really hard. i never noticed this before. is this normal? the light that comes on is the one that indicated that the E-break is on. ive check everytime it come on. and it is not pushed down. is this normal, or do i have electrical issues?
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no i would say its not normal but as to what is wrong i have no idea.
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when is the last time you did your brakes? i remember old chevettes i drove. if you pushed the brakes hard, the parking brake light would come on due to the shoes not having enough meat on them.

could be that or could be a sensor.
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Usually when that happens, it means low brake fluid. Unless you have an electrical issue with the emergency brakes.
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^^^^

that too. i forgot about the brake fluid. check that, if it's low maybe you have a leak in your brake system. a spot thats always bad is the rear caliper. those things are horrible.
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damn those pesky rear calipers on rangers.
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I'm still surprised people misspell brakes.
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okay cool. thanks guys. ill check the breaks out soon. and let yall know
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I'm still surprised people misspell brakes.
x2 lol When I think of emergency breaks I think pulling over on the side of the highway to take a leak! lol
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x2 lol When I think of emergency breaks I think pulling over on the side of the highway to take a leak! lol
and when your calipers fail...you get fluid all over the place...

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Usually when that happens, it means low brake fluid. Unless you have an electrical issue with the emergency brakes.
yeah mine did the same thing, thought it was for low drum shoes so i replaced them, then found out it was for low brake fluid
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damn those pesky rear calipers on rangers.
LOL

I'll go out on a limb and say he actually was talking about the rear wheel cylinders, I know I had a period when mine would seize up....not fun.

But if he actually was talking about rear calipers.......well I guess he's a crazy as a fox....LOL
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yea, sorry that's what i meant. the thing (in this case the cylinder) that pushes the shoes out. i forgot what they were called, but i remember that replacement is cheaper then rebuilding.
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yeah definitely brake fluid. most cars as far as i know, do this.

my grand prix did. my dads truck does. our bimmer does.

fill up your brake fluid (without spilling it on any painted surfaces lol) and let us know how that works
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