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Old 26 Apr 2004, 10:46 pm
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on a fast acceleration from a stop my brake symbol lights up on the instrument panel as well as the chime sound. does anyone know anything about this? thanks.
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Old 26 Apr 2004, 10:53 pm
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Check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 12:46 am
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yup it's the low fluid warning

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Yup. Caused by pads wearing down. Adding fluid will stop it, but better plan on pads in not too far future. I didn't add fluid, I just put in pads. [?]
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And remember, when you replace the pads you will have to press the caliper piston back into the bore. When you do this you will force the brake fluid back into the reservoir. You will have to siphon some out before you do this or it will overflow.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 12:54 pm
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I just started getting the light and tone on hard acceleration, I've got 34,000 klm's (22k miles), could it really need new pads already?

I don't think adding brake fluid is a real good idea, if it needs fluid something is leaking, adding fluid to compensate for pad wear is a no no.
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Old 27 Apr 2004, 01:45 pm
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And remember, when you replace the pads you will have to press the caliper piston back into the bore. When you do this you will force the brake fluid back into the reservoir. You will have to siphon some out before you do this or it will overflow.
Only if you added fluid. I just replaced pads, never added or siphoned fluid - fine for last 40,000 miles or so... (73,000 miles total now).

PianT - my light came on before 30,000 miles. I chose to replace the pads. The old pads were only about 1/2 worn, but I got ceramic pads, and am glad I changed - NO DUST.
I only see 3 choices- 1) live with the ding & light (it'll get worse).
2) put in new pads 3) add fluid. Why is adding fluid a no-no? It went into the brake lines as the pads wore down - not a leak. If you do add, heed Cal Cruzer's warning above - brake fluid will eat paint.
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I just started getting the light and tone on hard acceleration, I've got 34,000 klm's (22k miles), could it really need new pads already?

I don't think adding brake fluid is a real good idea, if it needs fluid something is leaking, adding fluid to compensate for pad wear is a no no.
Yes you could need brakes already. Many PT's report rapid brake wear. These are heavy cars to stop and it takes a lot of brake.

Second, the brake fluid is not leaking. The reservoir is designed to only hold so much. Once the brake pads wear, more of the fluid is in the brake lines and caliper bore and less in the reservoir. This activates the warning light to advise you that you are getting to the point where you should be thinking of brake pads. There is still wear left on those pads. It is perfectly safe to addd more fluid one time, but be thining about brakes. You don't want to wear the pads down to the steel or you will be buying new rotors too.
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