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e-brake light problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by davestaco, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM
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    Ok so a few days a go i get in my truck and start it up. I release the brake and drive away....about .5 miles later the e brake light comes on after a right hand turn, stays on for a little bit then turns off. It only really does it after turns. Is there a censor that could be going bad?
     
  2. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM
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    your brake fluid could be sloshing to one side? some cars idk about the tacos but they sense if the fluid is low too
     
  3. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    but my ebrakes are drums and dont have fluid...
     
  4. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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    sometimes my handle doesn't settle all the way in place and the light will flicker a bit. usually, if i give it a little extra push, it stays alright. some might suggest checking the springs under the truck that pull the handle back in place...if they're not pulling tight (or a lever is rusty), it might cause the light to illuminate.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    I thought that to but the lever is all the way in....The spring that is mounted under the truck was rust so i soked it in PB Blaster, but that was about 3 months ago.
     
  6. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    the switch might be sticking, or the brake fluid might be getting low tripping the light on. u also might wanna check if anything is leaking... reservoir, master/booster, front calipers, rear wheel cyl., etc.
     
  7. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    Doesn't matter in that case. There is a sensor on the reservoir and if the fluid is low the light will come on. Mine was doing it right before my brakes started squealing. I replaced the pads and added a little brake fluid. Hasn't come on since then!
     
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    hmmm my brakes have squeeled from the day i bought it......looks like ill be doin my brakes soon.....does the taco take dot 3 fluid?
     
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    also this may sound stupid, but i dont understand what brakefluid has to do with the emergency brake.......i thought the brake fluid only went to the front brakes.
     
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    Mine were fine then one day they started. Figured it was the wear indicator causing the noise.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Jan 28, 2011 at 6:59 PM
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    I had my brother...also my mech....check my pads out and he said they were still good
     
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    ur brakes are hydraulic. ebrake is mechanical. two separate systems. front and rear brakes (disc and drums) use hydraulic brake pressure to stop the vehicle. when u use the ebrake, its a cable that manually spreads the brake shoes to hold the vehicle mechanically. making sense? howstuffworks.com ... just a suggestion.
     
  13. Jan 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    Happened to me once, I just ignored it and when I got the brake pads changed I just asked them to take a look at it and they said it was dirty (I had gone mudding a few weeks earlier, right before it came on), they didnt go into much detail, so I guess if you took it to a car wash that has the undercarriage spray, then just pull the ebrake on and off while that is spraying.
     
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    Yes I understand that. Thats why i was askin why the brakefluid level had anything to do with the Emergency brake light if there is never any fluid dealing with the e-brake.
     
  15. Jan 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    I have been doin some mudding due to all the thunderstorms....maybe its that. I dont know. I mean it dosnt affect the way it drives, its just a pet-peve of mine to have lights on my dash lol
     
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    Might be the same circuit. Light is triggered when the e-brake is engaged or the brake fluid level drops to a certain level.
     
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    the brake fluid may have just been low to begin with, after driving for some time, brake pads/shoe material gets low n so does the fluid. basically. u may just be low on fluid. just hope u dont have a leak somewhere causing the low fluid level
     
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    ya ill check it out....it shouldnt be the fluid casue i check all fluids at 3k. ill start with fluids and if its low ill look for a leak. if its not the fluid ill get under the tco and look for censors
     
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    I hope not cause that could cause confusion lol.....but they did make square cup holders so who knows lol
     
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    Probably just a sticky/rusty linkage problem.
    Happens all the time.

    I've replaced 6 e-brake cables in the last 25 years on my Toyota pick-ups.
    Eventually, the light will come back.

    Other than the original cables when everything was rust-free and new, the light comes on enough that I discount it.

    I usually have the mechanic clean and adjust when I'm at the dealer.
    Sometimes it'll go for a year, more or less.
    Always the linkage.
    I thought it would last quite a while after my frame replacement a year ago. (Got a new e-cable.)
    It still comes on.
     
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