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'81 300D dash lights staying on

I've got a 1981 300D (170K) that has been a wonderful car. Yesterday, on the commute home, three of my dash lights suddenly came on at once: the parking brake light, the front brake warning light, and the battery light. They stayed on for 10 minutes, then turned off.

This morning, all three were on again the entire commute (about 40 minutes). They turn off when I shut the car down. None of the other indicator lights (glow plugs, seat belt, fuel level) are on. Haven't had a chance to check the front brakes, though they were fine a couple months ago. The fact that the battery light comes on at the same time suggests to me that it's something other than the brakes or fluid levels.

Anyone ever seen this before? Suggestions? I'm happy to just ignore it if I can...
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Thinking that the lights should not have any connection one with the other, I would suspect that your cluster is having short somewhere, but electrical issues are hard to troubleshoot.
Make sure you have good brake pads and your alternator is charging.
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