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Here's an update on my "brake" warning light.
As I'm driving to work pondering what to do next (add some brake fluid, check the cruise control fuse), I was also thinking about the parking brake and wondering how I could check to see if that sensor is working correctly. I had my hand on the brake, gently pulling and releasing it (nervous twitch), and then the "brake" light suddenly goes off. I tried pulling on the brake harder and the light when on and then it went off when I released the brake. It appears that the sensor detecting a set parking brake was stuck and by jiggling the parking brake, the sensor became unstuck. I always use the parking brake when I park so the brake is often set and released, but apparently the steady motion of pulling and then releasing didn't affect the slightly stuck switch (or whatever is detecting that the parking brake is set).
Now wondering if the "brake" warning light also disabled the cruise control, I set the cruise control and, lo and behold, it worked! It looks like the "brake" warning light will disable the cruise control.
I'm not sure if the "brake" warning light was initially turned on by the low brake fluid level (at the min mark - solved by replacing the front pads), but it appears the parking brake sensor prevented the light from turning off (and possibly caused it to turn on in the first place). All's well for now -hopefully it will last.
Thanks Gridlyne and ASG14 for your suggestions. I'll keep those in mind if this situation comes up again.
By the way, in my previous post, I mentioned that the "brake" warning light was among the group of warning lights below the speedometer - I should have said "tachometer".
Last edited by eaglemtn; 05-19-2005 at 10:50 AM.