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My 2013 500 T parking brake light stays on even after I release the parking brake. She has sat in my garage since Oct 14 as I had a back injury and could not drive her. When I moved her into the garage that day I noticed that there was a warning on the instrument panel saying low brake fluid level "Do not drive", I checked the level, added a bit but that light stayed on for a few months, as I would start her weekly. Today I went to move her out of the garage and the low brake fluid warning did not come on but parking brake light would not go off. There doesn't seem to be any dragging or restrictions though I only backed her up 100 feet or so. Thoughts or ideas?
 

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I would CAREFULLY drive around a bit or at least go forwards and backwards a few times whilst exercising the brake pedal and parking brake handle. Seems to be a lack of use.
 

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Yep, I am gonna take her to pick up pizza which is a few miles down the road and see what happens.
 

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So as soon as I started the car the warning came on that the brake fluid was low and car should not be driven as well as the praking brake light being on. The PB light never went off even after repeatedly releasing the brake but the car dorve just fine or at least seemed to.
 

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You could get the codes cleared or try disconnecting the battery for several minutes or take it to the dealer or drive it some more CAREFULLY.
 

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Yes, it is going to the dealer butI wanted to have an idea what I was walking into first. I did disconnect the battery, waited, but that did not solve anything. The "Brake Fluid Level Low, do not operate" comes on when I start the car but goes off once I drive it, not sure what in the **** that means, the parking brake light, however, stays lit. Had seen a few posts online about the thin wire that runs to the brake reservoir sensor snapping for no reason, apparently, it is hair thin wire and requires the entire harness to be replaced, or so I read. I was confused though as these posts talked about another brake resevoir, not the one that sits to the right of engine if standing in front of car looking into engine bay.
 

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Just a wild guess, but brake lights have nothing to do with the fluid level warning. I could be wrong. It's just that all the cars that I've ever owned all had a simple stupid switch at the pedal that turn on/off the brake lights, and I'm just taking a wild guess that our car is the same. And in that case, it'd probably be a stuck switch. There is of course a switch that operates by fluid pressure in th system, and if that's how the lights are operated, maybe the lights and fluid level are related.
 

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I think you are correct as the Parking brake light was not lit when I first saw the fluid level warning, it came on much later. I will check to see if my brake pedal is somehow stuck but since I felt no resistance when driving I figured that would not be an issue, i suppose though it might be so will check it out. The fluid level warning has me baffled, the car drives fine and stops and starts as it always has so perhaps it is a faulty sensor?
 

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I think you are correct as the Parking brake light was not lit when I first saw the fluid level warning, it came on much later. I will check to see if my brake pedal is somehow stuck but since I felt no resistance when driving I figured that would not be an issue, i suppose though it might be so will check it out. The fluid level warning has me baffled, the car drives fine and stops and starts as it always has so perhaps it is a faulty sensor?
Hey panzerman,

If you end up needing to take your 500 to your Fiat Studio, I’m happy to help facilitate an appointment or do some follow up. Just PM your VIN if I can help!

Kori
Fiat Social Care Specialist
 
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