Parking brake light on dashboard will not go out. on 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

When I release the handbrake, the brake light on the dashboard stays on. The problem started a few days ago. The rear brake drums don't seem to be hanging up. I don't notice any drag. When I look down into the handbrake compartmet, the cable moves in and out as I either pull or release the handbrake.

by in Braddock, PA on January 15, 2012
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ANSWER by on January 15, 2012
Is the brake fluid level OK. If the light is on and the fluid level is OK in the reservoir the hand brake switch or fluid level switch in the reservoir may be defective. Locate the e/brake switch and remove the wire see if the light then goes out after that you would need to follow a wiring diagram and test the circuit and level sensor. There is a company that independent auto repair shops get their information from, this same information is available inexpensively for people that work on their own cars.. The information is year make and model specific, covering repair procedures, torque specifications, fluid capacities and specifications, service bulletins, component locations, wiring diagrams ect.... Alldata is very easy to navigate http://bit.ly/AllData_Repair_Manuals_Online
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COMMENT by on January 15, 2012
I reset the e/brake switch and the brake light went out. Thank you very much, great tip.
ANSWER by on January 15, 2012
Check brake fluid. Check brake pads . Check for brake fluid leaks. All of these will cause the light to stay on.
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COMMENT by on January 16, 2012
Thanks for the additional infromation. My brake fluid level was low. I refilled it and am keeping an eye on the level to see if it drops. I will also check all the brake pads.