What Causes the Brake Warning Light to Come on?

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Some drivers have the habit of ignoring warning lights that illuminate on their car’s dashboard but when a brake warning light appears, you ought to have it checked out immediately for safety reason. This is because it’s the car’s most important feature. Such a warning indicates that a cars brakes must be replaced in time to come however, such conditions are evident in used cars that have been driven for some long time.

However, in rare occasions, the brake system may be leaking brake fluid which is a more serious matter requiring immediate repair. Modern cars are equipped with three types of brake warning lights; one for if the parking brake is engaged ( red or yellow), one if there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system (yellow), and one for the brakes themselves, which is red and could also be an indication of a serious problem if it illuminates.  Here are a few reasons why your brake light may come on and what to do about them.

Brake warning light indicates low brake fluid, which is often a result of worn brake pads. Replacing or topping off fluid is sometimes the solution and an average AED 1190 is paid to replace all four brake pads. Mechanics say some newer cars for sale are equipped with sensors in the pads, which will cause the light to come on when they wear thin.

Leaking brakes will also cause the brake warning light to come on. If all the fluid leaked out, your brakes wouldn’t have the ability to stop the car, so it’s important to have it checked immediately. The cost to fix a leak is dependent on where it is brake fluid can leak anywhere from the master cylinder to the brake lines though it can generally cost AED 350 and up.

When the speed sensor isn’t working properly, it will cause the ABS light to come on though mostly they just need to be cleaned. The cost to clean a single speed sensor is AED 200, while replacing one can cost AED 300.

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