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Why want my brake lights go off?

When I got home this evening and turned my civic engine off the brake lights remained on. I checked to be sure I turned the headlights off. I checked to be sure the emergency brakes were not on. So had to unhook the battery.

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Perhaps it's the fault in the brake light activation switch off the brake pedal. It's basically a plunger switch which makes contact with the brake pedal arm to trigger the tail lights. I once had this problem with a GM, but with no brake lights activating at all. Have a look underneath the dash and check for that plunger because maybe the plunger is sort of stuck and won't extend far enough to kill the circuit for the tail lights or maybe the spring is broken or the contact pad is shot. Worth a check anyways.

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SOURCE: 1991 honda civic brake light stays on need to push brake pedal to

Sounds like you might have a caliper that is stuck and is not fully disengaging. If it is in the rear then you may have a bad rear caliper. Twoo things you can try. One is to crawl under the ca and adjust the tension two nuts on the emergency brake line. If that does not resolve the problem then remove the back tire and try to spin the drum or rotor whichever you may have. If it does not spin then try adjusting the e brake cable more if it still does not respond then you need to do a brake rebuild. Also does it pull while it is dragging? If it is then you will need to rebuild the brakes no matter what.

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SOURCE: headlights work but dash and tail lights dnt

look for the relay for the parking light

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Engine won't start. Dash lights flash rapidly when key turned.

the battery says 12 volts but may be dropping to 4 or 5 under a load...i would suggest jumpstarting the car and see what happens.the battery should read in the high 12 volts and not less than 9.5 under cranking. the dash lights go out on your car when starting,and the alarm will go off ,and disable the ignition if the voltage is too low in cranking the car because the computer will shut it down and activate the anti theft.....check your battery posts are tight. best of luck

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: Tail Lights & Brake Lights stay on even when car is turn off

the plastic round stopper most probably broke that is were the stoplight switch sits when not depressed easy fix find a washer small enough to block the hole were the original plastic stopper was making sure the washer aligns to the brake light switch and secure washer w/ zipties hope this helps.

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SOURCE: My tail lights stay on when I turn car off

It sounds like your brake pedal switch is not working right. Are the lights on all the time, or just when you turn ignition off? If the former, it is bad brake switch. If the latter, you likely have a bad ground located somewhere in the wiring harness.

Most vehicles have the switch located on a small plate next to the brake pedal arm. Follow the pedal up the arm and to the firewall. Along the way you should see a plunger style switch that looks like the one that you bought. It might also be found inside or next to the brake booster under the hood.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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