Have you noticed the brake light on the car’s dashboard when driving? Don’t panic! Learn what your vehicle is telling you today!
Have you ever started your vehicle only to be startled that your brake light icon is illuminated on your dash?
Are you my son?
Because he’s currently dealing with this exact issue. This can happen while driving, which is how it happened to him.
So you instantly check to make sure you have brakes only to find out the light is still on.
What’s it trying to tell you?
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
First off, don’t panic.
You still have brakes, and you can still stop the vehicle.
The brake light icon is designed to describe your braking system’s problem. But what’s the problem there can be a multitude of scenarios wrong with your brakes. Your parking brake may be slightly depressed.
This is an easy one to check. If the parking brake is slightly on, disengage it and see if the light goes out. You can be low on brake fluid.
Now, this one’s tricky for you to figure out because it can be low from usage. It can also be low in brake fluid because you are losing it from your brake lines or another braking system component, such as the master cylinder.
Check out my video on the importance of brake line fluid, and schedule an appointment to see where that leakage is originating from.
Are your brake pads low? Are you slamming on your brakes to only have them not work as well as your hope? Some newer vehicles have sensors that detect if your brake pads are low and need replacing.
To check this out, you will need your auto technician to measure the thickness of your brake pads to determine if replacement is required.
Is your brake light bulb out? You may only require a new bulb in the rear lights.
Remember, if one side goes out, the other side is not far behind. This is why we always replace both. The next time you see an icon of a brake light on your dash, always verify your brakes before proceeding.
Make an appointment with your auto technician to fix the reason that the light is on.
Thank you for watching. And for all your car care needs, you can schedule an appointment online through our website.
See you here.