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Parking Brake & Leaking Brake Caliper Question
Hello experts. I have a two-pronged question about brakes. I have a 2017 GT with 21K miles on it.
A couple of months ago, I parked on a hilly street where the nose of my car was pointed downhill. At that point, I decided to try to use the parking brake for the first time ever since owning the vehicle. I pressed the parking brake pedal with my left foot and when the pedal seemingly hit the lowest point it could go, the red BRAKE indicator light on the dashboard came on. But as soon as I removed my foot from the pedal, it seemed to come right back up to its original place (wasn't depressed at all) and the red BRAKE indicator light went off. I thought maybe I hadn't stepped on the pedal hard enough, so I tried it a couple of more times stepping even harder on the pedal each time, but the same thing happened where the indicator light would go on when my foot was pressing the pedal all the way down, but once I removed my foot, the pedal bounced right back up and the indicator light went off. I'm assuming that the BRAKE indicator light would stay illuminated on the dashboard if the parking brake really were engaged at least while the ignition is still on, is that correct? Or does the indicator not necessarily stay illuminated even if the parking brake is engaged?
I got paranoid thinking that maybe the parking brake was actually on even though the red light indicator didn't stay illuminated and perhaps I drove the car with the parking brake on for heaven knows how long over the last 2 months. I mean it didn't feel like I was driving with a parking brake on, but I've read stories where people have done so unknowingly and that it's sometimes not so obvious. I did hear some very faint squealing noises while I was driving on a couple of occasions (but I truly don't even remember whether it was before or after the parking brake incident) and also because those random sounds faded within a few short minutes each time it happened, I didn't pay much mind.
Now the second part of my question. This morning, within a couple of minutes of starting my drive to work, a chime and indicator on the dashboard lit up saying "Brake Fluid Low". I took my car for service (as it was due for routine maintenance anyway) and had them check out the brakes. They found that I had a leaking caliper. Parts have been ordered and my car will be in the shop for a couple of days. It is under warranty. However, I'd like to know what would normally cause a leaking caliper? Is this something that would happen within less than 2 years of ownership and the mileage I currently have? Do you think the seemingly malfunctioning parking brake issue had anything to do with it? Or are these two totally unrelated issues? Thanks for any insights!