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    Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    This one has got me really confused, this sort of thing is like magic to me and it seems like the hamster that powers the electrics my car is misbehaving.

    The LED's in my clocks have been replaced with some superbright blue ones by the PO but recently I've noticed that the handbrake light light up (sic) when the handbrake is off. Its weird, it used to shine very very dimly when the brake was off so I paid it no mind, but the other night I saw it getting progressively brighter according to what I was doing. These photos were taken at night btw.

    How it looks when the handbrake is on...I'm blind!



    When I am at idle or have my foot on the brake with the handbrake off.



    Over about 1.5k revs or sat at idle for a while.




    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    dont know what your fault is bar a bad earth or unplug the handbrake switch to see what happens but my god how bright
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    Ok I'll try that.
    Yeah, its so bright on hillstarts I have to put my arm at the top of the wheel to block off the light otherwise I'm lit up like a xmas tree and can't see!
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    have you checked your brake fluid level?

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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    hi m8, this happened to me last summer on a 1.000km trip

    however, the next day it stopped doing this....
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidwort
    have you checked your brake fluid level?

    No, but I have just had 288s put about 2 weeks ago, so I wouldn't expect it to be low. But I will check tonight. Thanks.
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    Hi!!! This happened to me again last night!

    The other time it happened, it was also raining (as yesterday)... may it have any rel with it??



    And also my MFA was experiencing X-Files....
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    did you get this fixed ?
    as mine is doing the same thing

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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    No, I have had my clocks out since tho and because its summer time, I don't notice it, so maybe its there, maybe it isn't.

    Sorry bud!
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    Re: Handbrake light changes brightness when off?!?

    ive replaced the mastercylinder cap and switch, made no difference, did you disconnect your handbrake switch ?

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