Re: Dash brake light coming on
As suggested, if light comes on when stepping on brake pedal, there is a problem, hydraulic side, usually a leak, or brake shoes worn or brakes needing an adjustment.
Check the backing plates of all wheels or the inside sidewalls for leaks showing as wet fluid and thr reservior for low fluid. Both halves of the reservior should be the same level if no leaks. If one reservior is lower than the other, the lowest side is leaking; front reservior, front wheels, rear reservior, rear wheels.
If you find no leaks, then the cause may be worn brake shoes and in need of replacement followed by adjustment of the parking brake and added fluid to level off the reservior.
Or a simple adjustment of the brake shoes against the drums. If brakes are out of adjustment, it will take more pedal to move the more fluid to fill the cylinders to press against the drums. If the light comes on and goes out upon release of the pedal, then I would suspect the shoes needing adjustment, if not replacement of the brake shoes. Sometimes, the self-adjusters get stuck and don't adjust due to rust and/or not being used.
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