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Q: Why does the red brake light come on. on 1997 Ford Explorer

The red brake light comes on from time to time.
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The "BRAKE" light monitors more than just whether the parking brake is applied. Do not ignore this. The most common reason is low brake fluid.
Air in any of the lines can set off the alarm, also.
Check out the brakes or have someone check them for you.
Take care.
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