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Handbrake light stays on.

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11 Nov 2013 16:05 #90397 by Busta
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I bought a second Jimny that came with this problem already present, and now it's started to happen to my first Jimny.

When the handbrake is released, the warning light on the dash does not go out. It dims slightly. Sometimes you can get it to go out by turning the ignition key back very slightly, without stopping the engine.

What's going on ladies and gents?

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11 Nov 2013 16:11 #90398 by jonesyba420
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have you checked the brake fluid level?think it doubles as a warning of low fluid.

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11 Nov 2013 16:29 - 11 Nov 2013 16:30 #90400 by weeleejimny
weeleejimny replied the topic: Handbrake light stays on.
Check your pads too. If they are very worn then that will cause your brake fluid level to be low as the fluid takes up the space.

The handbrake light doubles as the brake fluid level warning indicator.
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11 Nov 2013 16:31 #90401 by jonesyba420
jonesyba420 replied the topic: Handbrake light stays on.

weeleejimny wrote: Check your pads too. If they are very worn then that will cause your brake fluid level to be low as the fluid takes up the space.


+1.

i suspect you need new front pads, a fluid top up will get the light off tho if you dont want to replace the pads yet.

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11 Nov 2013 16:33 #90402 by GuardianAngel
GuardianAngel replied the topic: Re:Handbrake light stays on.
Mine does this. I found that twiddling the ignition key by a very small amount causes the light to go out.

My J has practically new brakes all round so its not that causing it. Must be a bad earth.

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11 Nov 2013 16:35 #90403 by jonesyba420
jonesyba420 replied the topic: Re:Handbrake light stays on.
maybe a sticky handbrake?have you checked your brake fluid level?

im no mechanic just throwing some ideas out there :cheer:

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11 Nov 2013 17:22 #90412 by Yellostreak
Yellostreak replied the topic: Re:Handbrake light stays on.
the brake warning light serves both the handbrake and also the fluid level.. try this:

1. Disconnect connector from brake fluid reservoir - if problem goes you have a faulty sensor or fluid level problem

if problem persists

2. Disconnect connector from handbrake - If the problem goes the switch is the likely culprit
3. short the two connectors in the plug - if the brake light comes on on the dashboard then the wiring is fine and the switch is definitely the cause (give it a spray with WD-40 as it might be wet).

If its still not working then its either the ignition switch or ABS if you have it fitted.

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11 Nov 2013 18:11 #90423 by Busta
Busta replied the topic: Handbrake light stays on.
Cheers for all the replies. The fluid level, brake pads etc are fine so I'll follow yellowstreak's advice and see what comes up.

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11 Nov 2013 21:34 #90508 by markyp2000
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Its the ignition switch theres is so iv been told on here a black bit that causes it iv never had the problem so cant be 100% on the black bit but in sure 100% its the ignition switch

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12 Nov 2013 06:19 #90551 by facade
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AS Mark says, it can be the ignition switch

Yellostreak's diagram shows a connection to the ignition switch that earths the bulb out when in the starter position (probably a bulb test) the VR coloured wire on the left (violet with red trace?)

If disconnecting the handbrake switch and the reservoir switch don't work, disconnect that wire from the ignition switch (I don't know if anything else connects to it that isn't in the diagram though)

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)

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12 Nov 2013 14:19 #90601 by JimnyDan
JimnyDan replied the topic: Handbrake light stays on.
mine has been flashing recently lately as well, i disconnected the cable that was coming out of the brake fluid pot and it dissapeared! time to top up my brake fluid :)

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23 Sep 2015 15:21 - 23 Sep 2015 15:22 #152425 by CliffAnger
CliffAnger replied the topic: Handbrake light stays on.
Mine disappears if i waggle the key a bit !

just replaced all the fluids and it still comes on
Last Edit: 23 Sep 2015 15:22 by CliffAnger. Reason: added a bit more info

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