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Old 12-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #1
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Question A few simple ?'s

My idiot light comes on for the e-break and sometimes goes off while driving, I hear a whining, well more of a groaning sound when the clutch is depressed-bearing? Also my clutch fluid seems to go low after a while and have to add fluid, really haven't dug into that one. Leaking somewhere I assume? Anyone have any of these issues? Jeep runs great otherwise.

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Old 12-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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First make sure you have enough brake fluid in the master cylinder. If you do then check the switch for the e-brake. Most times they either stick or don't fully release. If when you check the master cylinder and it's extremely low you might have a leak at one of the wheel cylinders. I think you have a leak regarding the trans. Check the slave cylinder it might be leaking there.
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Hey thanks...think the break switch is the culprit-just a hunch. No problems with break fluid
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Check your brake fluid. I think the idiot light will turn on if it's low. That's how it is in my van and car, but I'm not certain on the Jeep (I take better care of it than the other two and haven't run it low).

Throwout bearing/slave cylinder going bad? Could explain the noise and the loss of fluid. Have to pull the transmission to change btw.

edit: kik beat me to it, so basically second everything said
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Thanks-topped off one side of my brake fluids reservoir and my idiot light hasn't come on....hopefully that was it? We'll see
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Idiot light for the e-brake is a separate light...to let you know it is 'set'. And it does have a habit of getting stuck. Older YJ's (like mine) it's on the footpedal for the parking brake and the pedal is screwed up so you have to kick it sideways to shut the light off.
Brake system fluid level is a different light/indicator and is very sensitive. You can be just a tad bit low in only one side and it will kick on, or if you are out wheeling and go off camber on a good tilt, it can trick the light into coming on. Level off on the ground-it goes out. Just means it's time to top it off a bit. I have to top off mine once a year, had the calipers, rotors, etc. all replaced and thought that would fix it. No sign of any leak anywhere but it still goes down just enough for the 'off camber alarm'...LOL...(on my 03 rubicon)
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Yeah I thought it was a mechanical switch by the pedal assy.? Haven't really looked into it and figure it's something like that-old sticky switch? Not too worried about it as I know my brakes work. LOL. I tightened the adjustment assy under the back wheel area and have plenty of life yet in my e-brake pedal. Thanks for the reinforcement

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