Electrical wizard required: Wierd hood and handbrake light behaviour
My handbrake light is still on (before you say it.. the fluid level is fine). It doesn't appear to be the handbrake light switch - setting and releasing the handbrake actually changes the brightness of the handbrake light suggesting the handbrake switch is working and creating an extra feed for the light.
What is very odd is that the hood operates regardless of the handbrake setting. It is not supposed to operate unless the handbrake is engaged. Yet it seems the handbrake light being illuminated (through other means) deactivates the safety mechanism - I can't believe this is how the system is designed as it means just having low brake fluid switches off the hood safety mechanism!
Or is that a bad assumption on my part and it's a design flaw? I've been pouring over the wiring diagrams and light and hood safety signal are closely tied but I can't tell if the light being illuminated would supply the consent signal to the hood control unit.
Does anyone have a copy of the wiring diagram and the expertise to work out this conundrum? If this is not 'by design' then I may just have a short somewhere.