BRAKE SYSTEM PROBLEM
You wouldn’t knowingly drive a vehicle without brakes, but some drivers do almost the same thing by ignoring what the dashboard brake warning light is trying to tell them. Any brake system problem has to be regarded as a major safety issue and your car should not be driven until the problem has been resolved by a mechanic.
I STARTED MY CAR AND THE BRAKE LIGHT IS ON - NOW WHAT?
I WAS DRIVING AND MY BRAKE LIGHT CAME – WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Drive the car to a parking area or onto the shoulder of the road as safely as possible and gradually press the brake pedal to bring your vehicle to a stop. Once safely stopped and out of the traffic flow, make arrangements to transport the vehicle to your favorite repair shop.
BE PROACTIVE – VERIFY THAT YOUR BRAKE LIGHT IS WORKING.
Think of the brake warning light as your best friend who is trying to tell you that you may be driving a car with no brakes. But the warning light can’t deliver its message if it doesn’t work, so be a little proactive and confirm that it is working properly. It’s easy to do and you can get into the habit of doing it every time you start your car.
During vehicle start-up, after the ignition system is turned on and before the engine starts, all of the warning lights on the dash, including the brake warning light, are illuminated and after a few seconds, they should all go out. This is designed to verify that all of the warning lights are operating properly—if any do not illuminate at this point, it means that the bulb or other light source is inoperative and the warning light is not working properly.
There are no standardized locations for the warning lights, but you can familiarize yourself with those in your vehicle by reviewing the owner’s manual. Remember, your brake warning light can’t warn you of any danger if it’s not working. If you discover that it isn’t working, consult your manual to determine which bulb needs replacing.