Winking Brake Light

John S. Lagnese jlagnese at
Thu Nov 22 13:42:47 PST 2007

Check the hydraulic fluid level, not the brake fluid.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent McLean" <kentmclean at>
To: "Audi 200 20v Mailing List" <200q20v at>
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: Winking Brake Light

> RGuzz wrote:
>> Faintly winking brake light in dash. The fluid levels seem to be okay 
>> no trouble from the bomb...yet. I do have the sense the problem is in 
>> the emergency brake handle. Going over bumps seems to affect it. I have 
>> replaced the IC because of many in dash gremlins, all gone, but this 
>> persists so it's not in the dash. How do I tackle the brake handle 
>> thing?
> When I had my 200 20V #2 inspected last year, that warning light
> appeared after the put on the sticker. :)  They checked the fluid level.
> I thought it might be the emergency brake.  What I learned is that when
> the problem is the fluid level, the light doesn't glow as brightly as
> when it is the e-brake.  
> Pull up on the hand brake and see if the light gets brighter. If so, the
> problem is fluid level related. If not, it's related to the e-brake.
> At least, that's my understanding; I could be wrong.
> -- 
> Kent McLean
> '91 200 TQA #1, for sale
> '91 200 TQA #2, no name yet
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> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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