Q: What does the brake Warning Light mean?

asked by on January 15, 2016

What does the brake Warning Light mean?

The brake Warning Light is located on your instrument panel. This light will illuminate for two reasons: the parking brake is engaged, or the brake fluid is low. When you notice that the light is on, disengage your parking brake. If the brake is already disengaged, or if the light stays illuminated after disengaging the brake, then the issue is with your brake fluid. If this is the case, pull over your car as soon as possible and have it serviced. Tip The brake Warning Light briefly illuminates when the car is first turned on. The light is only a problem if it stays lit for an extended period.

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

when to replace the timing belt? cost?

Typically, most manufacturer's recommend that the timing belt gets replaced around 100,000 miles. I would recommend checking in your owner's manual to verify the exact mileage. This replacement involves removing the timing cover which can be quite labor intensive. Expect...

Transmission acting up causing car to shake and loose acceleration.

Hello, with a fault like that there is a good chance that a code has been set in the traction system, transmission, and engine control. A scanner will need to be connected to check the system. The most likely cause...

Power door modulator vs. door actuator 2012 Porsche Cayenne

Hi there - the Porsche dealer parts diagrams actually list a "door lock" mechanism, and a "driving mechanism" for the door lock. I would take my old receipt (which should have part numbers as well as description) with me, and...

Nut holding stabilizer arm to rear strut won't come off ( it just spins with the bolt ).

Hello. This is where all those DIY skills come into play. This scenario has baffled every car technician at some point in their career, from new to Master Mechanic. What is required is to use whatever is at hand to...

ABS, CEL lights on

If the ABS light is not illuminated, then it's likely operating correctly as it generally illuminate when a fault is present. The leaking of the battery is a cause of concern. It signifies one of two issues: a damaged...

How do I use the emergency flashers?

The emergency flashers are a very important safety and emergency feature. When you turn them on, all of your turn signals simultaneously flash, alerting surrounding drivers that you are in an emergency. To turn on the emergency flashers, press the...

I took my car to a shop to fix my thermostat and water pump, now my car won't accelerate fast past 3000 rpm ? 2012 Dodge Charger

Hi - your symptoms suggest a problem with the throttle position sensor. This component is falsely limiting throttle position and power demand to the engine computer. I recommend a loss of power inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such...

How should my tires be rotated?

Tire rotation is an important maintenance step. It helps to ensure that all four tires wear evenly. It should be done at roughly every other oil change, although your frequency may vary. You also need to follow a specific pattern....

How does the luggage compartment light work?

Unlike your car’s dome light and map lights, the luggage compartment light does not come on when you open the door. However, you can turn it on and off as you need to provide illumination when loading or unloading the...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW 3-Series
The The 2012 BMW 3-Series has been wildly popular in the US since it was first introduced in 1975. This series of luxury sedans sets itself apart from other luxury models with its superior performance and driving dynamics. No matter...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Audi A3 TDI
Consumers Consumers steered clear of hatchbacks for a while but Audi has brought a stylish, functional, high-end option into the arena and buyers have responded. The A3 TDI offers all the versatility and performance you expect from Audi in a...
How Long Does a Hydraulic Brake Booster Last?
Being Being able to brake at a moment’s notice is important and can help to save you from an accident. A car’s braking system has so many different components and keeping them all in good shape is not an easy...