Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

asked by on

What does the Brake light mean on the dash?

There are quite a few important lights on the dash of your car, all of which are designed to provide you with vital information about vehicle systems and their operation. The Brake light on the dash should come on briefly during startup, and then it should go off. If it stays on, it means one of several things:

  • It may mean that the parking brake is engaged. Check the brake and release it (with your foot on the brake pedal).

  • If you release the parking brake and the light does not go off, it means that either the parking brake did not release, or that there is a problem with the Brake system.

  • If the brake light comes on while you’re driving, it indicates that either the system is low on brake fluid, or there is a malfunction with your brakes.

Tip

If the brake light comes on and stays on, have your car inspected immediately. Driving with a malfunctioning Brake light is never a good idea and could seriously jeopardize your safety, as well as that of your passengers and others on the road.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What does the Brake light mean on the dash?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How to fix the brake lights, blinkers work tail lights work, and 3rd brake light works

This is a common problem in many vehicles as the running lights, blinkers and brake lights all operate in one or two bulbs, but with different contacts. I would suggest first checking the bulb itself. There should be two filaments...

Q: Shuddering and noise from the right front tire area

Hello. The suspension system contains rubber bushings that help dampen the vibrations caused by an uneven road surface. Badly worn bushings or ball joints can cause noises and vibrations during vehicle operation. To have this checked, enlist the help of...

Q: Doors and hatch not opening

Each of the doors would need to be checked to see if the lock actuators are keeping the doors locked or the latch in each door is bad. Removal of the inside door panels will be needed to access the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.