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pinkfloyd4ever

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First disclosure, I am asking this on behalf of a friend, but I think I got the details needed to ask it here.

01 Camry whose dash brake light will come on randomly, but noticed more frequently now. At times it will just flicker on and off, usually when just beginning to press the brake pedal. The other times that it comes on will be when the brake pedal is pressed firmly to get the car to a complete stop, stay on and when brake pedal is released the brake light will go off.

any ideas?

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First off have you checked the brake fluid? If it is getting low from pad wear, it will get to the point of triggering the sensor in the brake fluid reservoir.

Second, have you lost braking ability at any time? Has the car not wanted to stop.

Either a sensor is monitoring low fluid or loss of pressure.

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I would say it is low on brake fluid, or possible emergency brake coming on when slowing down?

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Rear drums need to be adjusted. When you hit the brake, the fluid has to push the shoes too far and kicks off the light.

Could just get by topping off the fluid, but tightening up the rear shoes gives the car a more firm pedal.

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