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Brake lights stayed on when car was shut off and drained the battery

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Brake lights are usually activated by a switch on the brake pedal. This switch has either shorted or become damaged, also check that the brake pedal return spring is OK and that no carpeting is holding the brake pedal down against the switch contact. Once you cure the issue of the brake switch, recharge the battery over night (3amps) and it should be good as new.

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