By Paul Baltrunas
The vehicle the monkeys messed with was my Ford F150 4×4, standard cab, eight foot bed.
A few weeks back, my instrument panel began to intermittently illuminate a red “BRAKE” lamp. I presumed it was for my disc brakes and arranged appointment at a Ford dealer to have them checked. I found out the brake pads were not overly worn. The left front wheel bearing was in need of repair, and the sensor for the brake fluid was bad.
I had both replaced. The sensor cost $150! And replacing it did not fix the problem. The dealer then informed me the problem had to be in the instrument panel. They quoted me $1200 for the panel, plus labor. Uhhhhmm, not in the budget at the moment.
I took it to a mechanic I trust for a check out. I was told the brake fluid master cylinder and sensor combination were the most likely cause. I decided I can live with a red lamp in the lower left corner of the panel that comes and goes randomly.