Let me verify that when you pull up on the parking brake, the parking brake icon on the dash lights up. And when you step on the brake pedal, the same parking icon lights up, and NOT a separate brake light. I would inspect the rear brakes to verify that the parking brake is operating properly, is not activated when you step on the brake pedal, and to diagnose whether your problem is mechanical or electrical (light-related issue only). I can't remember if your car has disc or drum; if drum, you'll want to remove the drum so you can inspect hardware and ebrake connections. You'll have to be very, very careful when pressing the pedal down on a drum system as you can pop the wheel cylinder pistons out. Even if you don't have experience with this test and don't want to try it, look for shiny wear areas on the ebrake cable, housing etc. Both inside and outside the braking area. A mechanic's mirror is handy so you can look on the back side of springs etc. If all is in order, you likely have an electrical issue. If you want to track this down--you'll need a factory-quality wiring schematic to trace common power and ground points between the brake pedal circuit and the parking brake. Problem could be in the instrument cluster itself.
Thursday, April 30th, 2009 AT 5:55 PM