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Video:Quick Tip: What Does the Brake Light on Your Dashboard Mean?

with Tony Louis

The brake light on your car's dashboard could mean a couple different things. This video from About.com will show you how to interpret your car's brake light.See Transcript

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Transcript:Quick Tip: What Does the Brake Light on Your Dashboard Mean?

Hi, I'm Tony Louis for About.com and we're going to talk about the brake light on the dashboard of most modern vehicles.

Brake Light May Mean You Need Brake Fluid

Whenever you engage the emergency brake, this light will be lit. If this light is lit, it means one of two things: first (and most of the time) is that your emergency brake is engaged. However, when you disengage the emergency brake and the light is still lit, it usually means you need brake fluid. You should check the level in the brake reservoir and add fluid as needed. Once you've added the fluid, start the car and pump the brakes a few times.

If the light stays lit you should have your vehicle's brake system checked by an
authorized mechanic.

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