Brake light come on in Toyota Camry 2000

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Old 23 Nov 2008, 02:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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hi
I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the "BRAKE"
light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
positon. This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
activated. The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. During the 400 miles i did
stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.

This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
and and came on intermittently. I have checked the brake fluid level
and it is at max.

Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.

Thanks
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Old 23 Nov 2008, 03:23 pm   #2 (permalink)
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two things come to mind, brake light switch which is just like a light
switch.Should be located
behind the brake pedal. It could be sticking. The other thing is a
bad wire shorting out.
"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> hi
> I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the "BRAKE"
> light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> positon. This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> activated. The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. During the 400 miles i did
> stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.
>
> This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> and and came on intermittently. I have checked the brake fluid level
> and it is at max.
>
> Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.
>
> Thanks


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Old 23 Nov 2008, 04:01 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Nov 23, 3:23*pm, "BigJim" <woody10...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> two things come to mind, brake light switch which is just like a light
> switch.Should be located
> behind the brake pedal. It could be sticking. *The other thing is a
> bad wire shorting out."david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:f7f39b01-415a-47ab-810c-cbc57b04076e@h20g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
>
>
>
> > hi
> > I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the *"BRAKE"
> > light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> > positon. *This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> > activated. *The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> > OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. *During the 400 miles i did
> > stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.

>
> > This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> > and and came on intermittently. *I have checked the brake fluid level
> > and it is at max.

>
> > Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> > a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.

>
> > Thanks- Hide quoted text -

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hi,
If it is a sticking switch then why does it come on intermittenlly.
Thanks for taking the time to reply
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Old 24 Nov 2008, 01:20 am   #4 (permalink)
jan siepelstad
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even if brake fluid level is at max., add a little.
The float switch is very sensitive.
I tell you from my own experience (after a tip I got from my Toyota dealer).

"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:f7f39b01-415a-47ab-810c-cbc57b04076e@h20g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
> hi
> I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the "BRAKE"
> light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> positon. This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> activated. The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. During the 400 miles i did
> stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.
>
> This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> and and came on intermittently. I have checked the brake fluid level
> and it is at max.
>
> Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.
>
> Thanks



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Old 24 Nov 2008, 10:06 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Nov 23, 3:23*pm, "BigJim" <woody10...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> two things come to mind, brake light switch which is just like a light
> switch.Should be located
> behind the brake pedal. It could be sticking. *The other thing is a
> bad wire shorting out."david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:f7f39b01-415a-47ab-810c-cbc57b04076e@h20g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
>
>
>
> > hi
> > I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the *"BRAKE"
> > light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> > positon. *This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> > activated. *The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> > OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. *During the 400 miles i did
> > stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.

>
> > This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> > and and came on intermittently. *I have checked the brake fluid level
> > and it is at max.

>
> > Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> > a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.

>
> > Thanks- Hide quoted text -

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> - Show quoted text -


Check the wire at the trunk lid. I had this problem on our 1999 Camry
and it turned out to be a bad wire in the area where the trunk lid
hinge is located.
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Old 24 Nov 2008, 12:31 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Nov 24, 10:06*am, Clay <c.st...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Nov 23, 3:23*pm, "BigJim" <woody10...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > two things come to mind, brake light switch which is just like a light
> > switch.Should be located
> > behind the brake pedal. It could be sticking. *The other thing is a
> > bad wire shorting out."david" <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote in message

>
> >news:f7f39b01-415a-47ab-810c-cbc57b04076e@h20g2000yqn.googlegroups.com....

>
> > > hi
> > > I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the *"BRAKE"
> > > light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> > > positon. *This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> > > activated. *The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> > > OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. *During the 400 miles i did
> > > stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.

>
> > > This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> > > and and came on intermittently. *I have checked the brake fluid level
> > > and it is at max.

>
> > > Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> > > a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.

>
> > > Thanks- Hide quoted text -

>
> > - Show quoted text -

>
> Check the wire at the trunk lid. *I had this problem on our 1999 Camry
> and it turned out to be a bad wire in the area where the trunk lid
> hinge is located.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -


I topped of the brake fluid. It was a the MIN level now its is at MAX
level. I also took the car to the toyota dealership to get the brakes
inspected as part of a tire rotation package deal. They said the
brakes were fine and did not need replacing. They were at 4mm pad
thickness. Meanwhile the "BRAKE" light has not come on since i topped
off the liquid. So i am hoping that was the issue.
Thanks
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Old 24 Nov 2008, 07:46 pm   #7 (permalink)
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The parking brake switch can be checked with an ohmmeter (but you need
to open the center console). However, my guess is with the brake fluid
level switch. Test with an ohmmeter at the reservoir connector when
it's acting up. Should be fairly easy.



On Nov 23, 12:38*pm, david <athai...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> hi
> I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the *"BRAKE"
> light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> positon. *This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> activated. *The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. *During the 400 miles i did
> stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.
>
> This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> and and came on intermittently. *I have checked the brake fluid level
> and it is at max.
>
> Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.
>
> Thanks


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Old 25 Nov 2008, 07:20 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"david" <athaided@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:f7f39b01-415a-47ab-810c-cbc57b04076e@h20g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
> hi
> I have a 2000 Camry V6 and day before yesterday noticed the "BRAKE"
> light stay on on start up even after the parking brake was in the off
> positon. This is the light that come on when the parking brake is
> activated. The light went out after driving about 5 miles and stayed
> OFF for the next 400 miles of the drive. During the 400 miles i did
> stop for gas and to eat and did not have any issues with the light.
>
> This morning it came on again and after i drove about a mile went off
> and and came on intermittently. I have checked the brake fluid level
> and it is at max.
>
> Any suggestions of what i need to check before i take it in as i have
> a long drive back home and don't want to be stuck on the highway.
>


I have had this happen 4 times over the 13 years I have owned my 4 pot
CAMRY.

2 times it was a faulty bulb in the near side Brake lamp housing. Open
circuit filament.Dash indicator stayed on.
1 time it was intermittent..the bulb filament could be seen hanging and
sometimes making connection
inside the glass. The dash light would go out then for a while.

the 4 th time it was the EARTHY side of the bulb against the metal bulb
holder.
I just cleaned the metal of the lamp and inside the holder and tightened the
hold up a little to make a better
connection to the body of the bulb.
Again the Dash light was intermittent.

I tried the top up the dash pot to no avail. It was always basically the
bulb

Johnny UK Retired electronics tech



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