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Why Is My Brake Light On?

Ever noticed that little red light on your dashboard that says "Brake"? It can be worrisome to see it illuminated, but don't panic! In this blog post, we will explain why your brake light might be on and what you can do about it! We'll break it down into simple terms, so you can understand what might be happening with your vehicle's braking system.

  • Low Brake Fluid: One common reason for the brake light to come on is when the brake fluid level is low. Brake fluid is important because it helps transmit the force from your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads, allowing your vehicle to stop. If the brake fluid is low, it could indicate a leak in the brake system or that it's time for a fluid change. In either case, it's important to have it checked by your go-to trusted mechanic's here at Frank's Servicenter to ensure your brakes are working properly!
  • Worn Brake Pads: Another reason for the brake light to come on is when your brake pads are worn out. Brake pads are the components that press against the brake discs or drums to slow down or stop your vehicle. Over time, brake pads wear down and need to be replaced. When the brake pads become too thin, the brake light may come on to alert you that it's time to have them checked and replaced. Ignoring worn brake pads can lead to reduced braking performance and potential damage to other braking system components.
  • Faulty Brake Switch: Sometimes, the brake light may stay on due to a faulty brake switch. The brake switch is a small sensor located near the brake pedal. When you press the brake pedal, it sends a signal to activate the brake lights. If the brake switch malfunctions, it can cause the brake light to stay on even when you're not pressing the brake pedal. A faulty brake switch should be inspected and replaced by one of our professionals here at Frank's Servicenter to ensure proper brake light operation.
  • ABS System Issue: Modern vehicles are equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which helps prevent the wheels from locking up during hard braking. If there's a problem with the ABS system, such as a faulty sensor or a hydraulic issue, it can trigger the brake light to come on.

The brake light on your dashboard can indicate several things, including low brake fluid, worn brake pads, a faulty brake switch, or an issue with the ABS system. While it's natural to feel concerned when the brake light comes on, it's important not to ignore it. Your vehicle's braking system is crucial for your safety and the safety of others on the road. If you see the brake light illuminated, it's time to have it checked out at Frank's Servicenter in Southampton, PA. We will be able to identify the cause of the issue and ensure your brakes are in good working order. Remember, a well-maintained braking system is essential for a safe and enjoyable driving experience!

Book an appointment with us us here  to get your brakes checked out with Frank's Servicenter at 645 Knowles Ave, Southampton, PA 18966 or call us at (215) 355-8877 !

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