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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old February 12th, 2018, 11:10   #1
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This is to speedo's right. It flashes for about 10 sec and then goes out. This has indicated the parking brake was pulled up when the light was on constantly. What does the flashing light mean because pushing down on the lever [which is already down] doesn't stop the flashing? Any help would be nice. Thanks.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 11:33   #2
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Constant light means parking brake is applied.

Flashing light means low brake fluid (or bad sensor).
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Old February 12th, 2018, 14:43   #3
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Correct me if I'm wrong but .....I believe that if more than one abs sensor is malfunctioning that light will also flash.
Is your abs light on too?
Did you scan for codes?
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Old February 12th, 2018, 17:19   #4
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Max, I believe the BRAKE and ABS lights would both light (and/or flash) with any ABS fault.
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Old February 12th, 2018, 17:26   #5
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Max, I believe the BRAKE and ABS lights would both light (and/or flash) with any ABS fault.
That's not my experience....if one abs wheel sensor is out the abs light lights up but not the red brake light.
I've seen two different vehicles that had two sensors out and a flashing red light as well as a sold abs light...once the sensors were replaced all lights went out.
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Old February 13th, 2018, 16:00   #6
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I have had an ABS light on. It was the left front, which I fixed. This same ABS light has been on lately, but has been off for 2-weeks or so lately. I just added some fluid, but the level wasen't really low. We'll see if that makes a diff. There's been no ABS and red at the same time, weird. Thanks for the replys
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Old February 14th, 2018, 08:25   #7
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Does your abs work properly?
Do you hear/feel it pulsing when you skid to a stop on snow?
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Old February 14th, 2018, 09:44   #8
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This past Sunday as I was leaving the Shell station on a slight upgrade that had not been plowed my brake light started flashing and the ABS light lit up. They went out after I restarted the engine a while later. Must have been snow build up on one of the ABS sensors.
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Old February 14th, 2018, 15:49   #9
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I think the issue was low fluid because the flashing was only on at the steep up hill to my house. Added fluid-light now gone.
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