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Old 03 Dec 2004, 04:23 pm
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Hello,
Something just started happening with my GT '03.

When I start from a dead stop, like at a stop light. My Brake warning light comes on and I hear a chime sound. The light only comes on for a moment, and then goes out. I hear the chime sound a few times, and it goes away. Of course... it doesn't happen everytime, but it does happen once or twice a day - one my way back and forth to work. Not sure if it is a problem or not. [:I]

Any info would be helpful, thanks in advance.
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Old 03 Dec 2004, 04:31 pm
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Well, from what I have been reading here on the forums, try looking at your brake fluid level, could be low. Thats all I can tell you but it is a start.
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That's it. Top off the master cylinder to the full mark with the proper brake fluid (consult the owners manual) and it will cease. I had the same issue.

It maybe an indication that you need new pads. They may have worn to a point where the fluid level has gone down enough to cause the warning light/sound. Have that checked out.
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Also, check to see if your parking brake is in the "full down" position. I use that brake all the time and if I leave it the least bit up, I'll get the chime and brake warning light.
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Both of the above suggestions are VERY GOOD!!! Check them first before you return it to your dealer. How many miles do you have on your cruiser? IF you need brakes, go to ceramics, NO or little brake dust is the best benefit. Not hard to do it yourself.
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Both of the above suggestions are VERY GOOD!!! Check them first before you return it to your dealer. How many miles do you have on your cruiser? IF you need brakes, go to ceramics, NO or little brake dust is the best benefit. Not hard to do it yourself.
Yup. What happens is that as pads wear, fuild level goes down to make up - when you hit the gas hard, the fluid "sloshes" and goes below low level. At rest there's enough fluid to put lite out.
Ceramic pads are great. Last WAY longer and NO DUST.
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Wow thanks guys, I will check the fluid level and I hope that is it. I bought the car New the 1st week in August of '03, so I have only had it for a little over a year. I only have 17,000 miles on the darn thing. I would be disappointed if I had to replace the brake pads so soon. It seems a little soon to be having problems like that huh?


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The brake level sensor is somewhat hyperactive. It goes off when you have a fair amount of pad left BUT if your pads are not wearing evenly and you refill the brake fluid, you may run out of pad before it goes off again. You might check the pads and bassed on their condition bring the brake fluid level up about 1/3 of the way between its current level and the full mark. If you fill it you could destroy your rotors before it goes off again.
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I only have 17,000 miles on the darn thing. I would be disappointed if I had to replace the brake pads so soon. It seems a little soon to be having problems like that huh?

John
Quicker than normal but certainly not unheard of. If you search the archives here you will find others that ran out of brake pads at about that mileage. Stop and go traffic with heavy use of the right foot will eat them up. The automatic typically eats brakes faster since you aren't using the gears to slow you down.
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Okay, thanks for the great information. I guess I am just a little disappointed then that they might have wearn so soon. This is the first automatic I have owned since I was 16 years old - which was a little while ago. hum!!!

I have started to read up on the rest of the people having simular problems. I will check the fluid and everything else suggested.

Thanks again, John
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