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Stoplights are usually turned on by a switch mounted above the brake pedal. When the pedal is fully released, it presses on the switch and it breaks the circuit. When you press the pedal, it releases the switch and the circuit completes, turning on the lights.

Most likely cause of this is that the switch is either broken or misaligned.

Adjust the switch to be depressed when the pedal is up. If the lights turn off, you're done.

If this does not fix it, unplug the switch from the wiring harness. If this makes the lights go off, your switch is broken, buy a new one. If it does not, you have a short circuit in the wiring. You will need to trace the harness, find the damage and repair it by splicing or replacing the harness.

May be you could try these steps:

  1. 1 Check the brake-pedal switch. This small button behind the brake pedals is activated when you press down on the brake pedal and makes the brake light go on. Press the switch by hand to see if it's stuck. If it is, pressing it may force the stuck part.
  2. Step 2 Find the fuse for the brake light and pull it out. Remember to put it back in before driving again
  3. Step 3 Find the brake lightbulbs and remove them. Remember to put them back in before driving again.
  4. Step 4 Disconnect the negative battery cable. You will have to reconnect it again to start and drive your car.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Replacing a brake light Tercel 1999

there is pannels in the trunk to get to the back side of the tail lights to replace the bulbs

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SOURCE: marker lamps and tail lights don't work on my '86 toytq tercel

Check bulb socket for short if not trace wires back to the front of the car the insulation on the positive wire may be touching the body metal. Good Luck

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SOURCE: my back lights won't turn off on my toyota tercel

  • Push the driver's seat as far back as possible, allowing you to lay on the floor on the driver's side.
  • 2 Shine a flashlight at the top of the brake pedal stalk and find the stoplight switch. It will be a plastic cube either connected to the brake stalk or directly opposite the brake stalk, depending on the vehicle.
  • 3 Depress the brake pedal and feel where the brake light switch contacts the stopping plate, a metal plate in direct line with the stoplight switch.
  • 4 Feel for an open hole where the stoplight's plunger-style button presses. If a hole is present, you simply need to replace the rubber stopper.
  • 5 Press and release the plunger-style button on the brake light switch and ask an assistant if the brake lights are turning off and on. If not, the switch is bad and must be replaced.
Stoplight Switch Stopper Replacement
  • 1 Clean out any remaining debris left behind by the old stopper from the hole that the stopper goes into.
  • 2 Press the new stopper into the hole on the metal plate until it snaps into place.
  • 3 Shine the flashlight on the stopper and check that it sits flush against the metal plate.
  • 4 Press and release the brake pedal and ask your assistant if the brake lights are turning off and on.
  • 5 Replace the stoplight switch if the lights continue to stay on.
Stoplight Switch Replacement
  • 1 Loosen and remove the bolts holding the stoplight switch in place. It could be between one and four bolts depending on the vehicle.
  • 2 Pull the stoplight switch from its mount. Disconnect the wiring harness from the stoplight switch by pressing or pulling the locking tab and puling the harness away from the switch.
  • 3 Plug the wiring harness into the new switch until the locking tab clicks into place.
  • 4 Place the new switch on the mount the old switch was removed from and tighten the bolts with a ratchet and socket.
  • 5 Press and release the brake pedal several times and have your assistant check for proper operation.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011

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