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VW MKVI-A6 Golf family including Jetta SportWagen (~ 2010-2014) Discussions area for A6/MkVI (2010-2014) Golf and Golf Wagons (Jetta Sportwagon in the USA).

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Old June 5th, 2010, 18:16   #1
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Default Brake Light Flashing and 3 beeps at start

I have a golf TDi with 1700 miles. It has MT. Today the brake light started flashing. It stays flashing, while driving. The car also beeps three times at start up. This just started today. It is the warmest day of the year so far, about 107, not sure if this has anything to do with it.

What does this mean? Also, is it safe to drive over the weekend until I can get into the dealer?

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Old June 5th, 2010, 18:26   #2
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You will have to be a little more specific as there are several different brake warnings. First check your parking brake is fully released. If the parking brake lever is slighty applied. It will give you the "BRAKE" or(!) warning light and the chime will sound when you drive about 4 mph.

With a brake malfunction you should get the same as above and a warning message in the MFD

Look in your owners manual for a better discription.

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Old June 5th, 2010, 21:34   #3
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More detail: The light with the word BRAKE flashes and there are 3 beeps. This happens a few seconds after starting to drive. The light continues to flash while driving.
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Old June 5th, 2010, 21:46   #4
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Did you double check the parking brake lever?
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Old June 6th, 2010, 00:48   #5
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Did you double check the parking brake lever?
Yes, I checked it. Seemed OK. Tried parking brake, seems to work. Regular brakes seem normal.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 11:19   #6
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A sticky sensor switch on the e-brake persuading the ECU that the e-brake is on when it isn't?
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Old June 6th, 2010, 13:37   #7
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Brake fluid level low? There is a level sensor in the reservoir that turns on the same light as the e-brake.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 14:00   #8
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Yes, I checked it. Seemed OK. Tried parking brake, seems to work. Regular brakes seem normal.
Another thing to check: Are your DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) on? Normally the DRLs turn themselves off when you pull up the parking brake lever. See if they go on and off when you pull up and down the lever - this might tell you if the parking brake switch is not working.

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Old June 7th, 2010, 01:07   #9
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Default Problem solved - bit of a surprise

Thanks for the advice to check the Brake fluid. I checked it today and there was a bit of a shocker - The cap of the plastic container that holds the brake fluid was off. Not just loose, but off. I admit, I never checked this when I bought the car about two months ago, assuming that a new VW came with such caps tightly in place. Once I replaced it, the light Brake light no longer flashed.
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Take the vehicle back to VW and have them flush your brake system. Brake fluid adsorbs moisture and will cause your brakes all sorts of issues.
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Another thing to check: Are your DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) on? Normally the DRLs turn themselves off when you pull up the parking brake lever. See if they go on and off when you pull up and down the lever - this might tell you if the parking brake switch is not working.

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Thanks, That must be it, I have one headlight on if I leave the lights on and turn it off. Plus I have the flashing brake light.
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