Brake combination valve

Chuck71RS

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With the engine off, parking brake not engaged, key in "run" the brake warning light comes on.

Remove the wire from the combination valve switch terminal, brake light goes off
Push the parking brake pedal and the light comes on
Release the brake and the light goes off

From a Twisted Metal posting, when one side of the switch piston has more pressure then the other, it moves into contact with the pin at the end of the switch terminal, closing the circuit which lights the warning light

What do I need to do?

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jamieg285

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First thing will be to work out why the valve has gone to the side. There'll be a problem in either the front or rear brake lines - either a blockage causing high pressure, or a leak and low pressure.
Work out which and fix it.

After that, stamp and release the pedal a few times - it can shock the valve back to the middle.
 

Twisted_Metal

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If the switch piston is off-center and the sensor pin is grounding... You can't tell which way it has moved. :(
It's a bit of trial and error to resolve the issue.

With the key on and the light illuminated...

Get a helper and follow the procedure in this video.
GM Proportioning Valve Reset - YouTube

You may want to put a piece of vacuum line on the bleeder (other end in a bottle) to prevent a brake fluid mess.

When the light goes out, you've got it reset.
 

Chuck71RS

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Success. The high pressure side was the front brakes. With a neighbor working the brake pedal I worked the front LH brake bleeder. Working this bleeder turned off the warning light. Bleeding all four brakes, poured almost 16 oz of brake fluid into the master cylinder with most in the rear section. A lot of air bubbles came out of the two rear bleeders
 
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