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  • avatar karjunkie 01/21/09 2:23 pm PST

    It would most likely be a bad or maladjusted brake light switch located above the brake pedal assembly on the lower part of the steering column. There is usually a rubber plug that is attached to the arm of the brake pedal and presses against the brake light switch. When the brake pedal is depressed the plug no longer presses against the switch. this causes the brake lights to come on. If this rubber plug is broken or missing or the brake light switch is burnt out, the brake lights will stay on all the time. Try disconnecting the switch to see if the light goes out. If so, you will need to replace the switch.

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  • MrShift@Edmunds 01/21/09 2:14 pm PST

    Have you checked the brake light switch? You didn't list year make model of car so I can't tell you exactly what to look for, but usually this switch is up underneath your brake pedal as it reaches up under the dash. If this switch is broken or shorted it could cause this symptom. You can unplug the switch and test it with an ohm meter. It should make and break continuity as you press on it.


  • karjunkie 01/21/09 2:23 pm PST

    It would most likely be a bad or maladjusted brake light switch located above the brake pedal assembly on the lower part of the steering column. There is usually a rubber plug that is attached to the arm of the brake pedal and presses against the brake light switch. When the brake pedal is depressed the plug no longer presses against the switch. this causes the brake lights to come on. If this rubber plug is broken or missing or the brake light switch is burnt out, the brake lights will stay on all the time. Try disconnecting the switch to see if the light goes out. If so, you will need to replace the switch.

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