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What Should I Do When The Brake Light Comes On? Free Brake Check


The Brake Warning Light usually doesn’t come on for no reason. If the Brake Warning Light comes on that means the automobiles high tech computer system has registered a potential problem in the vehicles brake operating system. Today’s automobiles usually require and experienced mechanic to determine the potential brake problem. Sergeant Clutch Discount Brake Repair Shop offers a FREE Brake Check.

Here are a few tips on what to do when your Brake Warning Light comes on: Check out your brake situation as soon as you can if the brake light goes on. You don't need to stop driving immediately. Turn the engine off and open the hood. Find the brake fluid reservoir also called the brake master cylinder. Look for a round black rubber cap about 2 to 4 inches in diameter that covers a plastic container. Imagine where your foot would be if it went all the way through the car toward the engine past your brake pedal. This is where you will almost always find the brake master cylinder. Check the fine print on the rubber cap. It should say, "Use only DOT 4 (or 5 or 3) brake fluid." Remove the cap. CAUTION brake fluid tends to remove paint very easily so be careful when handling brake fluid. If the cap is dusty or dirty, wipe it off with a rag so no dirt particles fall into the reservoir. Check what kind of brake fluid your vehicle requires. This is indicated on the rubber brake reservoir cap and in the owner's manual. If your vehicle requires DOT 4, do not use DOT 3 or a lower-grade fluid. DOT stands for Department of Transportation. Fill the reservoir with brake fluid up to the "full" line. If there is no "full" indicator, fill it to the top. Put the cap back on and wipe up any spills. Turn the car on and the light should be off.

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