Something's up with my car's brake system but I don't know what.
February 4, 2012 4:33 PM Subscribe
Can someone help me figure out why my car is acting up? It's starting to drive me insane. It's some issue with the brake fluid system, I think, but I'm not sure.
posted by Modica to travel & transportation (11 answers total)
I drive a 97 Aurora Oldsmobile that I got for a thousand bucks. It's lasted well over thirty thousand miles at this point with only minor issues with the coolant system and general wear and tear. But since the beginning of winter, there's been a new problem that is slowly driving me crazy.
Every time it's icy/snowy out and my car starts to lose traction, the ABS light and the Brake Fluid light will come on. Sometimes they only come on for a moment, but eventually they come on and stay on and my car starts emitting a constant chime that gets on my nerves. I've been dealing with it for a couple months and now I'm just getting murderously angry about it.
I did some sleuthing and found out that it may possibly be the brake fluid level sensor that's causing the problem. But then I don't understand why it only happens during the winter and only when I lose traction. The way that I checked this was by removing the cabling attached to the master cylinder to see if that turned the light off, which it did. That's what the internet told me to do, anyway.
If it is the brake fluid level sensor, the way my car is, it looks like I'd have to remove the master cylinder to get into everything and I don't have that kind of technical skill nor do I have much money to get it serviced. If this turns out to be the problem, could I unplug the cabling so I didn't have to deal with the incessant chiming?