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Brake lights stay on after releasing peddle

After releasing my brake peddle I have to hook my foot under and pull up on it to get the lights to go off. Otherwise, I am going down the road with brake lights on. The movement in the peddle to get them to shut off is just a fraction of an inch.

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  • glenntate Feb 18, 2009

    Tried the button/switch adjusting. Doesn't affect anything. When I press pedal down and let it up I can reach up and depress switch and it will not turn off lights. When I pull up peddle, lights will then shut off.

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If you take a look under the dash at the brake pedal, look up and follow the arm until you see a swith that looks threaded and has a plunger sticking out that touched the brake pedal arm stop plate. This is the stop light switch.
Reach up and push the switch forward toward the brake pedal arm and you will here a "ratcheting" sound. Not to worry, it is adjustable.
Once you have done that, gently pull back on the pedal arm until it stops, this will adjust the switch properly.
One final note: you may want to check your brake linings as this is an indication of worn out brake pads and shoes and may need to be replaced. As the shoes and pads wear the pedal begins to drop ever so slightly and in your case the brake switch is active all the time.
Good luck and let me know.
Regards,

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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    Bruce Bracey Feb 19, 2009

    If you have Cruise control you may be looking at the wrong swich or could be a combo switch.

    The only switch that controls the brake lights is that switch. Make sure the plunger moves in and out of the switch threaded barrel.



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    Bruce Bracey Feb 19, 2009

    Hi Glen, What did you find? Let me know. Thanks,

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    Bruce Bracey Feb 19, 2009

    Hi Glen, What did you find? Let me know. Thanks,

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Buy a can of silacone oil and spray it up under and behind the brake pedal its most likly the small switch sticking do not spray front of pedal you could cover this with an old rag to prevent overspray this will solve your problem.adrian

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