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Old 05-11-2010, 09:28 AM
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Default Intermitant Dash Brake Light

My dash light for the brakes is intermittant when the parking brake is engaged. I'm assuming the switch is sticking and is under the dash but I can't see it. Any help locating it so I can verify?
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:33 AM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

Hey, check out this thread. Problem sounds the same.

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/elect...turns-off.html
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:35 AM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

The cable seems to be operating properly, but I'll check it out. When I replaced the rear springs, the drums spun freely. That's why I was leaning toward the switch that activates the light.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:58 AM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

Its on there somewhere. Just look for wires. Its not a convenient place to work unfortunately.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:34 AM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

As an added note, it's not a problem when the parking brake is disengaged, only when engaged, thus leading me to a switch problem. It rained all day yesterday, so never had a chance to investigate. Maybe I'll be able to look today between the exhaust replacement and VFW meeting...
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:45 AM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

My brake light never goes off...I know my parking brake goes off because the truck rolls freely when i disengage it. Just the light is on all the time..never goes off lol.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:29 AM
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My brake light never goes off...I know my parking brake goes off because the truck rolls freely when i disengage it. Just the light is on all the time..never goes off lol.
Have you checked the fluid level in the brake master cylinder? That light indicates low brake fluid level and the parking brake switch.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:55 AM
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Yeah I checked every fluid about a week ago. Everything is full.
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Old 01-17-2012, 07:59 PM
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Thread revival.
Well my park brake light only works when it wants to when I engage the park brake. The park brake works great and releases as it should. So switch like mentioned earlier? Where abouts is it located? Thanks
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:05 PM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

Mine does the same thing...

I figured it was normal.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:09 PM
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Mine does the same thing...

I figured it was normal.
It's been doing it forever but I was bored and thought I'd try and see how to fix it lol. It's one of those things tho that doesn't really matter.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:28 PM
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Matt r we thinking of the same thing? It shouldn't be normal that it doesn't light up when u engage the park brake
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:57 PM
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Matt r we thinking of the same thing? It shouldn't be normal that it doesn't light up when u engage the park brake

lol yeah, I believe we are thinking the same thing.


Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

I believe it works when I start the truck with the e-brake on, but sometimes not if I drive somewhere, stop, and engage it with the motor still running.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:54 PM
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lol yeah, I believe we are thinking the same thing.


Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

I believe it works when I start the truck with the e-brake on, but sometimes not if I drive somewhere, stop, and engage it with the motor still running.
haha ok yep we are, yea it rarely comes on for me. if anyone knows how to trouble shoot this, fire away!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:23 PM
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Default Re: Intermitant Dash Brake Light

Thank you Members!!!!! I was having the same intermittent problem with my brake dash light. Why I never checked my master cylinder I don't know, but in the dark I just went out to my truck and checked it, low and behold it was Super Low. I filled it up. From the looks of it I am ready to do brake job, (rear drums have 70,000 on them )as I have never seen the master so low.
I am really thankful that I found this forum and that people are so helpful.
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