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Had a defective brake light switch replaced on a 1999 Escort SE. A friend managed to removed the old one ( had to kind of twist it out) but was too fat to fit under the dash to install new one. I had a mechanic install the new part and it worked fine, in that the brake lights went on and off properly. Within 3 miles of driving the brakes started locking up, bringing the car to a complete stop, pedal pressure high and hard...couldn't depress pedal, and trans locked in Park after re-starting ignition. Next day, car started normally, shifted OK after tapping brake but only travelled 1/2 block before brakes locked again as before. Seems like problem might stem from vacuum booster or master cylinder. Might the removal or installation of the brake light switch have damaged, misaligned, or disconnected the vacuum booster linkage or connector to the pedal assembly?

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WEll, if the switch were to be too far down, essentially pressing on the brakes, this can happen, release the brake light switch and allow the pedal to come to it's normal stop, then adjust the switch for that position.

Aside from heat of brakes, other damage very unlikely.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

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