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Brake lights come on and stay on. Car is grounded somewhere. I don't know where to look

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Start at the base of the brake pedal, could be just that the brake switch is out of alignment or got knocked loose, this would happen to my Neon all the time

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Check along your brake peddle arm. There is a brake switch along the steering wheel shaft that the brake peddle arm pushes on when the brake is up deactivating the brake lights. See if it has gone bad, or the wire may have gotten disconnected. good luck and keep me posted. 

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Hope this helps.


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