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Old 04 Mar 2010, 03:12 pm
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Comes on under acceleration.

I'm just wondering if backing the car up often adjusts the brakes.

I've noticed that over the last while, when I start from a stop, the park brake warning light comes on. It's staying on for longer, recently. Seems to go off when I stop accelerating, and it does not come on when I actually put on the brakes.

I'm wondering if, under acceleration, a little tension is put on the park brake cable, and my habit of backing into parking stalls has adjusted the brakes to where they're just about dragging.

Or, could it be that dust and debris is packing up the brake drums? I do a substantial amount of driving on gravel roads.

Any ideas? (apart from "get a manual, and jack the thing up to have a look" I mean I'm going to do that when I get a few days off anyway.)
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Old 05 Mar 2010, 12:36 pm
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I'm almost sure that backing up and stopping only adjusts drum brakes but to have the light come on means one of a couple of things. Either there is a bad sensor or there is actually something wrong with your brakes. I would check them out ASAP because even though we like to cruise, sometimes we have to stop.
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Old 05 Mar 2010, 12:49 pm
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Try looking at the brake reservoir. It could be a little low and when you take off from a start it pushes the fluid towards the back of the reservoir bowl and away from the sensor so it thinks your low in fluid.
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Old 05 Mar 2010, 04:59 pm
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Try looking at the brake reservoir. It could be a little low and when you take off from a start it pushes the fluid towards the back of the reservoir bowl and away from the sensor so it thinks your low in fluid.
Yup - it's the first sign your pads are wearing down. If you do add fluid, only add a little, because when you change pads and push in the pistons, the fluid might overflow.
You ought to start planning on replacing pads.
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Cool!

Thanks, guys!
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