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Old 11-08-2005, 22:01   #1 (permalink)
Eric Toline
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"Brakes" warning light.

1999 Taurus: The "Brakes" warning icon comes on when making any turns a
bit faster than normal. I checked the brake fluid level and it's exactly
where it should be. Could this be a master cylinder problem in the
making?

Eric

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Old 11-14-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: "Brakes" warning light.


"Eric Toline" <Audioetc@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> 1999 Taurus: The "Brakes" warning icon comes on when making any turns a
> bit faster than normal. I checked the brake fluid level and it's exactly
> where it should be. Could this be a master cylinder problem in the
> making?
>
> Eric


Are your brakes the ones with warning light wires on when they get low?? It
might just be your brake pads raching the end of their life.


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Old 11-14-2005, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: "Brakes" warning light.

Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2005, 7:01pm (EST+5) From:
magnum@NOSPAMmag2781.freeserve.co.uk (TheáMagnum)
"Eric Toline" <Audioetc@webtv.net> wrote in message
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1999 Taurus: The "Brakes" warning icon comes on when making any turns a
bit faster than normal. I checked the brake fluid level and it's exactly
where it should be. Could this be a master cylinder problem in the
making?
Eric
Are your brakes the ones with warning light wires on when they get low??
It might just be your brake pads raching the end of their life.
<<<<<<<<<<

Actually I was mistaken when I said the brake fluid level was right
where it should be. It was a little low and adding about 2-3 ozs of
brake fluid solved the problem.


Eric

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Old 11-15-2005, 07:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: "Brakes" warning light.

On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:16:35 -0500, Audioetc@webtv.net (Eric Toline) wrote:

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>Re: "Brakes" warning light.
>
>Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2005, 7:01pm (EST+5) From:
>magnum@NOSPAMmag2781.freeserve.co.uk (The=A0Magnum)
>"Eric Toline" <Audioetc@webtv.net> wrote in message
>news:27788-43717ECA-950@storefull-3253.bay.webtv.net...
>1999 Taurus: The "Brakes" warning icon comes on when making any turns a
>bit faster than normal. I checked the brake fluid level and it's exactly
>where it should be. Could this be a master cylinder problem in the
>making?
>Eric
>Are your brakes the ones with warning light wires on when they get low??
>It might just be your brake pads raching the end of their life.
><<<<<<<<<<
>
>Actually I was mistaken when I said the brake fluid level was right
>where it should be. It was a little low and adding about 2-3 ozs of
>brake fluid solved the problem.
>
>
>Eric
>

Okay, so now it's time to answer another question. Where did 2-3 oz. of fluid
go?
Normally as the lining wears on the pads and shoes (assuming rear drums) the
level of fluid drops in the master cylinder as the backing plates move closer
to the rotor/drums. Having the light go on for low fluid is a reminder that
you should get the brakes inspected, if this is the only time you've added
fluid since long ago brake service. If you're adding 2-3 oz. frequently (and
that means that you remember the last time you added 2-3 oz) to turn the light
off, chances are you have a leak.
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Old 11-15-2005, 10:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: "Brakes" warning light.

Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2005, 2:27pm (EST+5) From:
nospam5934@hellsouth.org (BuckerooBanzai)
On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:16:35 -0500, Audioetc@webtv.net (Eric Toline)
wrote:
Re: "Brakes" warning light.
Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2005, 7:01pm (EST+5) From:
magnum@NOSPAMmag2781.freeserve.co.uk (The=A0Magnum) "Eric Toline"
<Audioetc@webtv.net> wrote in message
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Actually I was mistaken when I said the brake fluid level was right
where it should be. It was a little low and adding about 2-3 ozs of
brake fluid solved the problem.
Eric


Okay, so now it's time to answer another question. Where did 2-3 oz. of
fluid go?
Normally as the lining wears on the pads and shoes (assuming rear drums)
the level of fluid drops in the master cylinder as the backing plates
move closer to the rotor/drums. Having the light go on for low fluid is
a reminder that you should get the brakes inspected, if this is the only
time you've added fluid since long ago brake service. If you're adding
2-3 oz. frequently (and that means that you remember the last time you
added 2-3 oz) to turn the light off, chances are you have a
leak.<<<<<<<<<<

Never had to add brake fluid before and it may be time to get the rear
brakes checked as they are the original pads on there. The front disc
pads were replaced about two years ago and the rears were fine then.

As I originally posted the light only came on when making turns slightly
faster than normal leding me to believe the lower level of the fluid was
slopping around and somehow affecting somekind of float that triggers
the light.

Regardless of that, you're right, where has the missing fluid gone?

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Old 11-16-2005, 08:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: "Brakes" warning light.

Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2005, 12:05pm From:
Audioetc@webtv.net (EricáToline)
Re: "Brakes" warning light.
Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2005, 2:27pm (EST+5) From:
nospam5934@hellsouth.org (BuckerooBanzai) On Mon, 14 Nov 2005 19:16:35
-0500, Audioetc@webtv.net (Eric Toline) wrote:
Re: "Brakes" warning light.
Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2005, 7:01pm (EST+5) From:
magnum@NOSPAMmag2781.freeserve.co.uk (The=A0Magnum) "Eric Toline"
<Audioetc@webtv.net> wrote in message
news:27788-43717ECA-950@storefull-3253.bay.webtv.net
Actually I was mistaken when I said the brake fluid level was right
where it should be. It was a little low and adding about 2-3 ozs of
brake fluid solved the problem.
Eric
Okay, so now it's time to answer another question. Where did 2-3 oz. of
fluid go?
Normally as the lining wears on the pads and shoes (assuming rear drums)
the level of fluid drops in the master cylinder as the backing plates
move closer to the rotor/drums. Having the light go on for low fluid is
a reminder that you should get the brakes inspected, if this is the only
time you've added fluid since long ago brake service. If you're adding
2-3 oz. frequently (and that means that you remember the last time you
added 2-3 oz) to turn the light off, chances are you have a
leak.<<<<<<<<<<


Regardless of that, you're right, where has the missing fluid
gone?<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Answer. Problem solved. The R.R. brake cylinder had a small leak and the
rear brake shoes needed replacement after 70k miles.

Eric

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