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ericwalker
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Nov 11, 2013, 7:13 PM

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My 2005 Ford e350 emergency brake light started to light up on the dash intermittently now it is always on. Wondering if this is just a short in the wiring or if it indicates something else?


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Nov 11, 2013, 7:32 PM

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Check your brake fluid level.



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ericwalker
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Nov 12, 2013, 9:34 PM

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Thanks, that seemed to work..


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Nov 13, 2013, 1:33 AM

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Is there are reason the fluid is low?





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ericwalker
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Nov 19, 2013, 11:26 AM

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No, no reason, though I am keeping my eye on level to see if it goes down again, or to see if I have a drip showing under where it is parked.


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Nov 19, 2013, 12:05 PM

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Just know that brake fluid will wash away if driven in rain or washed vs an oil. Common places if leaking at all are at master cylinders, calipers or wheel cylinders and places where rust is an issue the line give out. No leaking is allowed and can if real blow out to near zero braking all at once! Pay attention. Low brake fluid can be indicative of very worn disc brake pads and or rotors,

T



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Nov 19, 2013, 12:29 PM

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No, no reason,


Of course there is a reason. You just haven't determined it yet whether it be a leak somewhere or just worn front brakes.



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ericwalker
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Nov 19, 2013, 1:08 PM

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Thanks for heads up, though I replaced the front breaks - pads and rotors about 3 months ago...I will check leaks in the master cylinder and other hoses.


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Nov 19, 2013, 1:20 PM

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The fluid had to go somewhere so either it leaked somewhere or it transferred down into the caliper as the pads wore. Make sure you check the rear wheel cylinders behind the dust cups.



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Nov 19, 2013, 8:02 PM

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Gotta find this leak - too important. Seems wear to fronts isn't it but it was low? Left low perhaps by mistake?

Again, if you can get a drop from anywhere on your finger it will rinse off with plain water - that's brake fluid. Hidden can be inside dust boots of calipers, wheel cylinder dust boots for a while and should be dry of fluid as HT said. Master can leak down where mounted and on the rare side find a why to leak hidden to inside a booster. If that is the only possible chance of a hidden leak I think I'd loosen (not undo) the master and see if fluid then came out right there.

My experience is that a brake fluid leak will not just stay slow for long and result in a sudden total loss. This must be found,

T







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