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The brake light in my Golf stays on until I pull on the pedal.

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  • apogeebee Oct 03, 2009

    Thanks for the answers but I solved it myself today. It turns out that most of the later VW's have a brake light switch with a "first time self adjusting/setting" feature for the actuator. The switch removes easily, a slight counter clockwise twist then pull out. Then disengage the electrical connector via two small lever/tabs with finger pressure. The actuator will move freely. In my instance the brake pedal had two "click" positions, one closer to the driver and the other closer to the engine. Set the pedal in the closer to the engine position then simply reinstall the switch, (the actuator height is automatically set for this pedal position) reconnect the electrical and you are good to go.
    BTW, the "expert" mechanics at mt local VW dealer told me that my brake pedal assembly needed replacing. Sheese!


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You need to adjust the brake switch. Look around the brake pedal and and you will see a switch which comes into contact when the pedal is depressed. It will have two mounting nuts or a similar system to adjust the position of the switch so that it comes off in the natural resting position.

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It sounds like it is time for a new brake light switch, It is located just under the top of the brake pedal. Not that difficult to change.

Good Luck, and I hope this helps.

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