Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the Brake Warning light mean?

asked by on

What does the Brake Warning light mean?

A: The Brake Warning light is located on your ...

The Brake Warning light is located on your instrument panel. When the Brake Warning light is illuminated, then one of two things is happening: 1. The parking brake is currently engaged. If you are driving your vehicle and the Brake Warning light is accompanied by a beeping sound, it means that the parking brake is engaged. When the parking brake is disengaged, the light and beeping should stop. 2. There is a problem with the brake system. This problem could be with the brake themselves, or it could mean that you are low on brake fluid. If the Brake Warning light comes on and does not turn off when the parking brake is disengaged, then you should get your vehicle inspected or serviced as soon as possible. Tip Like all warning lights, the Brake Warning light briefly illuminates when the car is first turned on. The light is only a problem if it stays lit when the engine is turned on.

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

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: What does the check tire pressure warning mean?

Your car’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is designed to alert you if one of your tires drops below the threshold pressure (PSI). It does this by turning on the Low Tire Pressure light on the dash. However, you will...

Q: Getting P0341 error code

Hi there. P0341 is an OBD-II generic code that says the engine control module (ECM) detected the engine camshaft position sensor circuit is not within specifications. The sensor pulses do not correlate to the pulses of the crankshaft sensor. In...

Q: Will car brakes work with engine off

If your engine stalls for some reason you should use your regular brake pedal with constant pressure without pumping it or you will loose power assist brakes. If you loose brake assist then pedal will be hard to push but...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.