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    confused Hand brake indicator light

    Hi,

    Noticed today that the dash indicator to show the handbrake is applied is not lighting up. It seems that the bulb is ok, as when I turn the ignition on, it lights up.

    I guess this means that the switch in the handbrake lever is at fault. Does anyone have any idea how to get to the switch, and how to repair it?

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    Am I missing something, I thought the lights don't operate until the ignition is switched on, otherwise the handbrake light would be on all the time the car is parked.

    Gordon.

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    The light doesn't come on when the car is running and the handbrake is applied. But it does come on with the other warning lamps for a few seconds when the ignition is first switched on.

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    Reason it comes on for a few seconds when the ignition key is turned is that it is also the low brake/clutch fluid warning light as well and comes on as a check light.

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    It is also meant to come on when the handbrake is applied though, and it doesn't.

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    Sounds like a faulty handbrake switch then.

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    Indeed it does! Anyone know how to get to the switch, or how easy it is to repair?

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