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    Hi,

    Ive just driven to work and noticed that the handbrake light stays on i turned the car off and tried again but a few seconds later it was back on with the hand brake being fully on.

    I've just read on here that its also a warning light for low brake/clutch fluid now can anyone point me in the right direction of how to check this as i know where nothing is in my car or if there a how to on here so i can at least go and have a quick look on my break to see if it could be one of them problems.

    What esle could it be if its none of the above mentioned?

    Cheers Alan.

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    The brake fluid reservoir should be over the left hand side ( when looking from the front) at the rear of the engine bay.

    Should have max an min marks to help see where fluid level is.

    How ever if it is below minimum, Questions need to be asked why?!
    Pads worn down, fluid leak etc

    how long have you owned your vec and you don't know where anything is? Do you not perform basic weekly checks?

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    The brake fluid reservoir should be over the left hand side ( when looking from the front) at the rear of the engine bay.

    Should have max an min marks to help see where fluid level is.

    How ever if it is below minimum, Questions need to be asked why?!
    Pads worn down, fluid leak etc

    how long have you owned your vec and you don't know where anything is? Do you not perform basic weekly checks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critch View Post
    The brake fluid reservoir should be over the left hand side ( when looking from the front) at the rear of the engine bay.

    Should have max an min marks to help see where fluid level is.

    How ever if it is below minimum, Questions need to be asked why?!
    Pads worn down, fluid leak etc

    how long have you owned your vec and you don't know where anything is? Do you not perform basic weekly checks?
    Thanks for this ive owned my Vectra for a year now and NO i dont know where anything is or do basic weekly checks never have never will but how can i do weekly checks in the first place if i dont know one single thing im looking at under the bonnet?? im sure im not the only person on here that doesnt know where things are on there car.

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    Hi AlanK and welcome to the site. One way of getting used to doing the weekly checks Is that every thing that needs looking at is coloured yellow or yellow and black. Oil filler cap. Dipstick for checking oil level. Brake and clutch fluid cap (combined reservoir). coolant reservoir cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alank View Post
    Thanks for this ive owned my Vectra for a year now and NO i dont know where anything is or do basic weekly checks never have never will but how can i do weekly checks in the first place if i dont know one single thing im looking at under the bonnet?? im sure im not the only person on here that doesnt know where things are on there car.
    So you never will? But you want help once you've got a fault?

    All I'm trying to point out is that weekly checks are vital.
    I'll put it too you like this.
    On a weekly check you could spit oil has dropped slightly so get it investigated. To find a small leak some where. Cost say £50 for a garage to investigate.
    Or in your case you don't check so have no idea you have no oil first thing you no is when your cars thrown its piston down the road. Cost over 2k

    It takes 21 days to create a habit. But if you can get into habit of opening the bonnet once a week checking all your levels, check tyre pressures etc.

    Trust me you will catch any faults early and save a whole heap of cash in the long run.

    But for help in this situation I believe theirs a page in the owners manual to help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critch View Post
    So you never will? But you want help once you've got a fault?

    All I'm trying to point out is that weekly checks are vital.
    I'll put it too you like this.
    On a weekly check you could spit oil has dropped slightly so get it investigated. To find a small leak some where. Cost say £50 for a garage to investigate.
    Or in your case you don't check so have no idea you have no oil first thing you no is when your cars thrown its piston down the road. Cost over 2k

    It takes 21 days to create a habit. But if you can get into habit of opening the bonnet once a week checking all your levels, check tyre pressures etc.

    Trust me you will catch any faults early and save a whole heap of cash in the long run.

    But for help in this situation I believe theirs a page in the owners manual to help
    im not saying im not greatful for your help but if i dont know what im looking at in the first place then i wont be doing a weekly check which in the long run again would just be a waste of time as i wont know if thats a problem or not if this is making any sense. I do check oil levels and tyre presures etc im not that bad but was just saying today is something completely new to me being a very very very big novice to how cars work even through ive been driving for 8years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alank View Post
    i dont know one single thing im looking at under the bonnet?? im sure im not the only person on here that doesnt know where things are on there car.
    Open the glovebox and see if there is a thing in there called a handbook.

    If there is, then read it from cover to cover (paying particular attention to the maintenance section) as it contains all the info you need.

    If you haven't got one, then those kind people at Vauxhall have one available for download from their website.

    http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/manuals.html

    It might not the correct year for your car, but the info contained within will be enough for what you need.

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    First thing is the switch in handbrake itself not jammed? Reason being you have a pre faclift and I would say that if there is a fault with the braking system it will put the 'handbrake' symbol up in the screen in the rev counter. Facelifts would use the handbrake light I would imagine as they don't have the screen in the rev counter. However as it is your brakes check brake fluid and pad levels though.

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    Give Alank a break. We all come on here wanting advice about one thing or another. I know loads of people who do not do weekly checks on the vital fluids etc. So what? Doesn't mean we shouldn't help or make the guy feel like he's useless for not doing so.

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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