In most cars, warnings are displayed on the dashboard to indicate problems with the brake system. This should never be ignored!
Warning lights could go off for a variety of reasons, but many people on the road don’t recognise the risk and therefore don’t act accordingly. If you do notice a warning light on your dashboard and don’t know what it means, consult your owner’s manual
The most frequent causes of a flashing brake system warning light
Low brake fluid level
Low brake fluid levels increase the risk of your car experiencing vapour locking. Click here to learn how to remedy this.
Thin brake pad thickness
If your brake pad thickness is under the minimum, it could lead to brake pad underlayer contact, which could potentially lead to back plate contact with the brake discs. Check the pad thickness and replace if necessary.
False reading caused by a problem in a brake system part
Corroded or broken ABS rings can generate false signals from the drive shaft or the wheel bearings. Inspect the entire ABS system for broken rings or corrosion, replacing parts where necessary.
Oversensitive brake warning system causing a false alarm
If your warning lights are still flashing after you changed the pads and related wear sensors, it may be necessary to push the brake pedal several times to make sure that there is contact between the brake pads and brake discs. Follow this by switching the dashboard off for a couple of seconds. If the flashing light remains when you switch the dashboard on again, consult professional help.