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‘00 Chrysler Town & Country, Unnatural Operation

Q: I have a question about my ‘00 Chrysler Town & Country mini van. For some reason the park brake indicator light comes on when I turn left, and I don't even have to touch the brakes for this to happen. Any ideas why it would do this? Another weird thing is it occasionally will go from drive to neutral while I'm driving, and of course this has only happened to me, so my husband doesn't know what to think about it. If you have any ideas I'd love to hear them.

- Brooke

A: As for the brake warning light coming on I would suggest checking the fluid level in the brake master. Many vehicles have a brake fluid level sensor in the brake fluid reservoir. Of course this is to alert you that the fluid is getting low. The fun thing about these level sensors is they will cause the warning light to randomly turn on and off when the fluid level is not quite low enough, but just on the edge. Turning, stopping even the time of day can make the warning light flash when the level is not, but just low enough. If the level is found to be down a top off should correct the light-flashing problem. That does not fix the real cause for the problem though. If the level is down/low it is because the brake pads are worn and may need replacement soon or there is a system leak. Flashing light equals, brake inspection. As for the transmission going into neutral? It won’t happen when I ride with you, too. The next time that occurs stop by a transmission shop and have them ask the transmission computer if there are any codes. It may lend a clue to the cause. Oh yes, be sure to check the transmission fluid level. Low fluid can cause the same condition.

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