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My vehicle indicating the engine check bulb along with ABS light and hand break light( even when push down the hand break) on dash bord. Could you please let me know the reason for this. Also what kind of action that I can do immediately to overcome this? Thank you.

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. The check engine light is generic, and it can indicate a large range of issues. You can almost be sure that the check engine light is related to the braking system, due to the fact you have a brake warning light on as well. These often turn on together when you have a brake system problem. The brake warning light not only lights up when the brake is on, but it also lights up when there is an issue with the brake system. The fastest way to determine what these warning lights are trying to tell you is to have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. This can be done by any technician, as well as at most automotive parts stores. Use those codes and what they stand for to help you figure out what may be wrong. 

However, please understand that brake warning lights can be rather serious. You should have the vehicle looked at as soon as possible. Good luck!

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