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BRAKE light on a 94 850, what does it mean?

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BRAKE light on a 94 850, what does it mean?

Post by lext » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:47 pm

The other day I was going back to work, and when I turn on the car, the brake (idiot) light was on. This is the one in the instrument panel next to CEL and the rest, with the word "BRAKE" (in capital) on it, not the "ABS" one.

The car drives fine to me, brake including. I checked the reservoir for low-level or leaks but there's none. Brake fluid reservoir is full. When I came home, I pulled the code but there's nothing specific about brakes. (I've had some ABS codes for years, which I know what they're about, and the ABS light is on).

The next day I got in the car to go to work, and the light is off and stays off.

I'm not overly worried but I wonder what that light signifies, and how can I find out more about what caused it to turn on the other day? I think it may come back one of these days, and I want to be ready to troubleshoot when it does.
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Re: BRAKE light on a 94 850, what does it mean?

Post by BEJinFbk » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:01 am

'98 V70 R - Well Equipped for Life Up North... ;)

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Re: BRAKE light on a 94 850, what does it mean?

Post by lext » Mon May 21, 2018 12:08 pm

Thanks.
I found out the light is only about the brake fluid level. Which is kind of odd because I know the level wasn't low. Maybe the sensor is on its way out?
Good thing is that the light has not come back since.
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Re: BRAKE light on a 94 850, what does it mean?

Post by scot850 » Mon May 21, 2018 7:36 pm

Check the connector on it is clean and fully pushed home.

Neil.
2000 V70 R - still being an endless PITA
2006 XC70
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 Limited
2015 Kia Sportage EX-L
1993 850 GLT -Sold
1998 V70 XC - Sold
1997 Volvo 850 SE NA - Went to niece in California - Sold
2000 V70 SE NA - New project and test bed - Sold

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