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.Answer
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!Answer
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.Answer
as did i with a 95 Ford Contour my problem was the switch was out of allignment
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.
How's your battery, is the car starting properly. Maybe the battery or alternator.
Take the negative battery terminal off for 15 minutes.
Have you tested the battery to see if it has power in it? If it has have you made sure the contacts are good? If they are is there a fuse that has blown.
If the battery is running down if it sits for a long period of time then either something is on that is pulling power from the battery or the battery has a dead cell. Check the under hood, glove box, trunk, & interior lights. Also check the brake lights. In rare cases it can be a stuck relay such as a power window relay. If it has a dead cell the only fix is to purchase a new battery. That one dell cell will continually run the battery down.
Either the brake light switch or on brake pedal there is a button that pushes the switch and it fell out.
if you leave any lights on in the car you may cause you a flat battery. if you leave any lights on in the car you may cause you a flat battery.
The lights will be dim and last only a few minutes then the battery will be very dead.
you would have dimming lights lack of electrical functions and after the voltage of the battery drops past a certain point your vehicle would stop running
Fuse should be marked and also control parking and tail lights
Check headlights and dashboard lights first. If no/minimal power for the lights then replace battery.