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Hey guys - been a while since I have posted here. Did a search, but didn't come up with anything that helped me..

My brake indicator light (!) is going on when I brake hard. Otherwise it is not on. Brakes feel fine.

Any ideas? Check fluid?

Thanks,
Dan
 

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No You are always wrong Dick. He should top off the brake fluid, THEN adjust the rears, adjust the e-brake... and replace the pads. So then he has brake fluid all over his engine compartment!

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Adjust rear brakes including ebrakes then top off brake fluid.
 

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Any ideas? Check fluid?
Yes, you are low on brake fluid. Your truck has a low brake fluid indicator that is tied into the brake light. Even though the fluid may be between the MIN and MAX levels, the light sometimes comes on, usually during sudden braking and cornering.

I dont doubt you on your search. I searched for 'brake light' and got a bunch of crap. 'Brake fluid low' yielded a much better return:

http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49604
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44132
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43006
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42293
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40055
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35157
 

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Wow - quick replies - thanks!

Never really done any work under the hood (besides wiring my system), but will try the brake fluid level and see where it is at. Beyond that I will be taking it to the dealer or midas.

Thanks!
Dan
 

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No I am never wrong, you should know that by now. LOL
What happens is the rear brakes get out of whack pretty easily because the self adjust isn't what it could be on the Tacoma. When the rear brakes wear the wheel cylinders have further to travel so suck up more brake fluid when he applies the brakes. If you adjust the rear brakes first there is less likely hood of overflowing the reservoir than if you top up before the adjustment. This is because the stroke of the wheel cylinders is reduced after adjustment and brake fluid does nasty things to paint.

Granted you certainly don't want the fluid to drop too low or you'd have to bleed the MC but there is usually enough if the light is only coming on intermittently like this.
 

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Damn Dick, thats quite impressive. Ida never thunk it. Good stuff :D
 

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While that may make sense - I am in no position to readjust the brakes on my own.

Checked the level before walking off to my last class of the week :D. Sure enough it is right at the 'min' level.

Is filling it up as simple as getting brake fluid and pouring until it is at 'max'.

Note - I don't know what kinda of brake fluid (more then one type?) is currently in there - if this even matters.

Sorry for being a tech noob, just looking for my truck to stop when I ask it to..

Thanks in advance,
Dan H.
 

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Slightly below max.

DOT 3 brake fluid. I personally used Prestone Synthetic last time I payed attention to what I was pouring in. (look for PRESTONE on a yellow bottle.)
 

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Great thanks for the quick responses guys - much appreciated..

Oh and of course I got COPE - my roommate is a US Smokeless Rep ;)
 
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