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E-brake light staying on...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by burtonboards32, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:09 AM
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    burtonboards32

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    Recently in my 2006 regular cab 4x. The ebrake light has been staying on when I disengage the brake. Is this common with ebrakes? Is there a simple adjustment that can be made to keep this from happening? It does not affect the truck but it has really been aggrivating me having another squeek, squeel, or unnecessary light every week.
     
  2. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    check your brake fluid level and verify your brakes are not close to needing replacement. Had a similar issue with my '94 pickup.
     
  3. Jun 28, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    I believe the light comes on to indicate a brake issue. I would check the basics and it that didn't clear it, take it in to be looked at.
    I had a Mazda pickup years ago that had that indicator...it was a wiring problem with the ABS.
     
  4. Jun 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM
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    Janster

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    Check your rear brakes....make sure the shoes are in good shape, they're wearing evening (top to bottom) and the ebrake mechanism is functioning properly. If the shoes are good, the mechanism can often 'freeze up' along with the pull cable itself. Sometimes the ebrake cable needs to be adjusted as the cable gets too much slack in it.

    I have a writeup on how to do it on a 1st gen...with the pull handle. But I'm not sure how the foot operated ebrakes are adjusted.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2010 at 9:45 PM
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    NelsonTacoma

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    I would check your brake fluid level. The brake light will come on if your brake fluid drops below a certain level, which also would indicate either a leak (unlikely) or that your brake pads/shoes have worn down and need to be replaced. Most likely you need to have your front brake pads replaced as the rears do not wear nearly as fast as the fronts (just a quick guess anyway). Once you replace the pads the caliper pistons will be pushed back in and the fluid will return to brake reservior and the brake light will turn off.

    Please do not just fill the reservior to turn off the light, I hate when I work on a veh someone has done that to cause when you do replace the brakes it makes a huge mess.

    Also, if you had an ABS wiring problem your ABS light would be on, not the brake light. (answer for previous post to your question). So this is not why your brake light is on.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2010 at 6:37 AM
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    Low brake fluid is either a leak or your shoes are needing to be replaced. Don't add more fluid unless you are leaking brake fluid. Adding more fluid and then replacing the shoes, you will have to suck it out cause you will be pushing the pistons back in causing the fluid to over flow. Also another cause is your e-brakes are engaged.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2010 at 7:17 AM
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