WHY IS THE EMERGENCY BRAKE LIGHT COMING ON?

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  • squeaks07
  • 2002 GMC Sonoma
  • 180,000 miles

I have a 2002 GMC Sonoma that when I drive it somewhere, park for a few minuets, then dive off again the emergency brake light comes on and doesn't drive well. After about 2 miles down the road the truck drives normally. Any ideas what could be causing this?

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 3:05 PM

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  • Docfixit
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Are you applying park brake? Does light go off as well?

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 3:14 PM
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No I'm not applying the brake. The light comes on when I turn the truck back on and start back down the road.

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 3:21 PM
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"does not drive well" would explain? SO (P) light on dash comes on? Does it ever go off? Feel OK backing up but like draging going forward?

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 3:34 PM
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It drives sluggish, when you get going down the road a little ways the light goes off and the truck dives normal again.

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 3:51 PM
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Does it backup without sluggish? If yes then somehow E-brake is applied. Inspect cable maybe siezed and check rear shoes for contamination and E=brake lever for binding

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 4:16 PM
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It almost seems like the truck gets hot. I don't have it running. After I am on the road it stops acting up. That is when the light goes off, after it starts driving normal

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 4:40 PM
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Pull drums check rears

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 AT 7:22 PM

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