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Dear all,

Happy New Year to you all.

Right got that out of the way.

I've just completed a round trip of 2,000 mile From Guernsey, round Scotland and back again.

Prior to going I had a vehicle check completed with no faults found. Most importantly not so long ago I had a brake overhaul that included new discs front and back and of course new pads all round. I took precaution and at the same time had the brake fluid replaced.

I had no problems through out the trip however over the last 3 days every time I release the handbrake the handbrake warning light stays on.

It sometimes flickers and goes out but them comes back on.

It will go out on left hand bends and come back on on right hand bends.

I've found the switch and with the hand brake off pushed the switch in and out to see if it made any difference - No. Light stays on.

With the ignition on and the hand brake off I disconnected the lead to the switch - The light stayed on.

Now that to me says there is something else wrong other than the hand brake switch.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Answers to the usual place and on a postcard please.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

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Dear all,


Just goes to show how much wear occurs over 2,000 miles.

Low brake fluid level.

next step check pads all round to make sure they are OK.

Thank for all your help.

This is what this forum is all about.


The pads may have worn a fair bit over 2000 miles depending on driving syle.

This in turn means as the pads get thiner they move closer to the disk which means the fliud drops.

Top up by all means but as you said "Check the pads"

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