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Old 11-25-2009, 11:15 PM
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Need Help - Parking Brake Light

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I have a 2001 F250. The parking brake light on my dash does not illuminate when the parking brake is set. It will alert me after a couple of minutes with a ding that my brake is set so I know the light is functioning. Is that the way it is supposed to be on the truck? Is there anyway I can fix this so it illuminates when the brake is set. is there a connector on the parking brake lever that I should check to make sure is connected? thank you for any help. Doug.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:56 PM
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light bulb?
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:05 PM
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No the dash light comes on after a minute if I start moving so i know the light works. What i was wondering is on your guys trucks if the light comes on right away when the brake is set?
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That's odd. The light works but not when you set the parking brake.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:46 AM
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if i set the brake no light. if i start moving with brake set the truck will ding and then brake light will come on. the light should come on when it is first set, right?
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If it comes on after a min it means the trigger that tells the puter the brake is working is working, just somehow delayed? Very wierd, I would still check out this trigger and see if something is loose or not lined up right. If you look at the front of the brake assembly there is a grey or white wire, can't remember exactly, and it plugs into a connector. IIRC this is the trigger for the parking brake because I had to splice into it for my turbo timer. Look for a loose or something not right in this area.

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Mine does the same thing. I'll set the park brake, light comes on. I'll release it and set it immediately after, no light. It's goofy. I just always reach down and pull the release for the hell of it when I take off driving
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:44 AM
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yeah i check it too. the problem is when my girlfriend drove the truck and didnt realize the brake was on until the whole truck started shaking at 40mph. The ding warning came on, haha it was kinda funny but not really. now i realize that there is an easy solution to that senario, but i like my machines to operate properly. any idea how much the little electrical switch that slides downward when the brake is depressed costs? knowing ford its probably like 50 bucks.
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yeah i check it too. the problem is when my girlfriend drove the truck and didnt realize the brake was on until the whole truck started shaking at 40mph. The ding warning came on, haha it was kinda funny but not really. now i realize that there is an easy solution to that senario, but i like my machines to operate properly. any idea how much the little electrical switch that slides downward when the brake is depressed costs? knowing ford its probably like 500 bucks.
There I fixed it for ya.

on a side note the light at least on my obs indicates other failure with in the braking system. ie... I would get a brake light when my vacuum pump was failing. I know the whole system is different on the sd trucks but something to think about.

Also listen to the Hornet he is very knowledgable dude.
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