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What does it mean when the brake light comes on?

What does it mean when the brake light comes on?

Any time a dash warning light comes on in your vehicle is anxiety-inducing. Most drivers worry when they see a check engine light, but the brake warning light is arguably more concerning. Brakes keep you safe on the road, and if they are having issues, you should not delay getting them inspected. The braking system amplifies the force of your foot on the pedal with a system of lines filled with hydraulic brake fluid. This amplified force clamps down on brake discs or activates a brake drum, converting your car’s kinetic energy to heat, slowing it down. While it is unlikely that your brakes have completely failed when the light comes on, it’s better to err on the side of caution. The light can come on for reasons ranging from benign to dangerous.  What causes the brake light to come on? The brake warning light comes on when there is a fault in the braking system, just like the check engine light comes on when there is an engine malfunction. The ligh ... read more