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Answered 2009-11-28 16:39:51
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I have a 1997 Ford Escort too, and this just happened to me. I came here for help, and found the same thing as some of the other answer-ers: There was a little blue, plastic washer that was functioning as a pad to the brake "button." The button has to be fully compressed when the brakes are at rest in order to turn the brakes off. So, either get that little part replaced, or figure out some kind of temporary solution--I just wedged a piece of the washer back in there so the lights stay off when I'm parked.

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Take your vehicle into a auto electrical shop and have them look for a short in the wiring system. I only mention a "auto electrical shop" in case you have such a specific repair facility. These are great shops cause they know auto electrical systems! Case in point was my 94 LX when I spent $$$ finding out why my car would die suddenly without warning(very dangerous like on the highway?. "Ford" dealership couldn't find the problem, the auto electrical shop found it in 30 min, cost me $60, and it turned out to be the ignition switch!

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I don't know about the escort, but I had the same problem with another car. There was a switch under the brake pedal that turns the lights on. The pedal was sitting too low and continually pressing on the switch.

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as did i with a 95 Ford Contour my problem was the switch was out of allignment

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I had the same problem with my 99 Escort Sport. I noticed I was missing a rubber stopper about the size of a nickel on the brake pedal switch. It had broken off and fallen under my seat. Once I put the stopper back on, the brake lights turned off.

Same thing on a 2000 Ford Contour, except there was no rubber stopper. Instead the switch had merely fallen out of the bracket. Instead just put the switch back in the bracket - half turn and it's set.

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