I know many of you already know this, but for anyone who may not, and choose to ignore "Idiot lights" on your dash, please DON'T.
(We're talking critical lights, not Driver Information System)
Yesterday my BRAKE ( ! ) light illuminated, and a steady chime sounded. (the chime kept perfect rhythm with the song that was on the radio
Obviously my first check was the e-brake, to make sure it was up all the way and it was.
I had full braking ability, the car stopped on a dime. The master cylinder was full.
Some people may have been tempted to think it was an electrical malfunction, and attempt to fix the problem by removing a fuse to stop the annoying chime.
I refused to drive the car last night until I could take it to a garage, which I did this morning, and learned the master cylinder had a slight leak in a seal. If left un-attended, it could have resulted in having NO BRAKES and an obvious catastrophy could have occured (green curse?).
The mechanic replaced the master cylinder, and cleaned my battery connections for $189.00Cdn, taxes in. Not bad. (This garage is a last of a dying breed: Smoking is okay indoors, girly calendars on the wall, and lots of greasy tools. The way it should be!)
The chiming has stopped, and the lights have gone out on the dash.
The $189.00 was a bargain for my peace of mind.
Please, if a light like this illuminates, your car is trying to tell you something. Take it very serioursly and have it looked after. It'* not an electrical malfunction until a qualified technician tells you it is.