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The brake lights dont work and the hatch brake light stays on all of the time

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Had the exact same problem with mine, and it turned out that both brake lights burnt out at exactly the same time. For some reason that caused the hatch light to stay on (thought very dimly) at all times. Changing the bulbs fixed the problem for me.

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This is just a guess , so please don't give me a bad rating. to me it sounds like the switch on the brake pedal is broken ( stuck on ) so brake lights are on , but have burned up the rear bulbs. Highmount light might be LED so runs cooler and does not burn out. Try new bulbs in the tail lights.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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