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parking break light

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacomatrd98, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Oct 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    tacomatrd98

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    I have a 1998 taco 3.4 liter and my parking break light goes on and off while im driving. It just started doing this recently. Is there anyway i can disconnect the light? anything helps. thank you!
     
  2. Oct 29, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    humanoid

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    You don't want to do that, it's there for a reason. Check your brake fluid level. Low fluid level means your brakes may need to be serviced as well, so check out your fluid first and then your brake pads and shoes.
     
  3. Oct 29, 2009 at 10:13 PM
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    Well providing that yours is like mine (emergency brake handle pulls out) It sounds like your detent button is sticking and/or shorting out . When you release the brake handle it slides down back under the dash & depresses a small push button switch that "shuts off " the brake release light, see pics my finger is right on it, I'd spray a little WD40 or some other shit & push on the button a few times to loosen things up, try this & hopefully it'll go away...... good luck & hope this helps ....:cool:

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  4. Oct 30, 2009 at 5:48 AM
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    mine did the same thing. all i did was top of the brake fuild. you have to fill it up a little past the fuel line.
     
  5. Oct 30, 2009 at 6:14 AM
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    Mine used to do this and it was the lever on the rear drum that had "frozen' to the clevis.
     
  6. Oct 30, 2009 at 7:16 AM
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    Check Ebrake pull (pull ebrake handle)- how many clicks do you get when pulling the handle?
     
  7. Nov 3, 2009 at 5:41 PM
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    thanks for all the posts! i added brake fluid and it fixed the problem.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2010 at 4:16 AM
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    My 05 is doing the same thing. What am I looking for on the shoes and pads? Serviced 25k ago and had 75% pad left. I have 105K on it now.
     
  9. Feb 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    Do you have to use emergency brake all the time?
    I never do--
     
  10. Feb 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    Mine sticks a little when it's cold. The brake isn't engaged, just far out enough to turn the light on. Just try messing around with the button, I've had to do some tinkering with my clutch interlock too.
     
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