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Why would the brake lights stay on after the car is off or if is running?


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2011-09-13 17:22:50
2011-09-13 17:22:50

Up above the brake pedal is a switch that activates the lights. The switch is either broken or it may have moved because most are adjustable. Hold the brake pedal from moving down and push the switch until the lights go out. Also check for a little rubber pad that makes contact with switch it could have dry rotted and fell off. therefore no contact is being made from switch to pedal.


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