Q: What does the Brake Light mean on the dash?

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What does the Brake Light mean on the dash?

A: Your car’s brake system is essential to saf...

Your car’s brake system is essential to safety, and that means you need information about what’s going on with it at all times. The Brake Light on the dash is designed to turn on under a couple of different situations.

  • It should come on briefly during engine startup and then go out.

  • It should come on and stay on when you engage the parking brake, but go out when you release the parking brake.


  • If the Brake Light stays on after releasing the parking brake, it means that either the parking brake is still engaged, or that the system is low on fluid.

  • If the Brake Light doesn’t come on when you turn the ignition on, you should have your car inspected immediately.

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