BRAKE INDICATOR LIGHT CAME ON, COULD IT BE THE PRESSURE DIFFERENTIAL SWITCH?
1996 Jeep Cherokee
March, 18, 2012 AT 6:52 PM
I had to refill the brake fluid reservoir. I replaced a couple blown fuses, however nothing has made the indicator light shut off. I was thinking that maybe it's the pressure differential switch or that I have a small leak in my brake drums. What do you think?
It could be low on brake fluid, it could be the parking brake light switch.
March, 18, 2012 AT 7:08 PM
I disconnected the pressure differential switch and the light came off. So I'm thinking that it's either the switch it's self or there is a leak. I'm wondering if this has ever happened to anyone else?
March, 18, 2012 AT 9:31 PM
EVER GO FISHING?
FISH AROUND IN THE FILL HOLE WITH A NAIL/ DOWEL/ YOUR FINGER
IT MAY BE THAT THE FLOAT WITHIN (USUALLY INVOLVING A MAGNET) IS SORTA C. OCKED OR STUCK IN THE DOWN POSITION. JUST A LITTLE TOUCH OR WIGGLE MAY FREE IT UP SO IT CAN FLOAT. ONCE UP, THE CIRCUIT IS OPEN AGAIN, THE LIGHT GOES OFF
LET ME KNOW IF THAT FIXED YOU
March, 18, 2012 AT 9:36 PM
March, 18, 2012 AT 10:26 PM
Okay yous guys, now it's my turn to weight in. Unplugging the pressure differential valve switch made the light go out so we know it had a loss of pressure in one half of the system at one time. A leaking wheel cylinder general will leak too slowly for that to trip the switch unless it gets bad enough and the pedal is held down for a while. Ford was never smart enough to make that switch spring-loaded, but GM and Chrysler switches are. Very often it will stick after it turns on. A couple of quick, hard jabs on the brake pedal will get it to turn off. If that doesn't work, you have to pick one of the hydraulic systems and open a line or bleeder screw, then slowly apply the brake pedal until the light snaps off. If that doesn't work, then you have to open the other circuit and do that again. Do that with a helper running the brake pedal so you can tighten whatever you opened before the pedal is released, otherwise air will get sucked in.
If the light turns on again and the brake fluid level is not going down in the reservoir, suspect an internal leak in the master cylinder. If the fluid level is going down but no leaks can be found, check between the master cylinder and the booster. It it's wet there, the fluid is leaking from the rear of the master cylinder.