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What causes the brake lights to stay on after I shut the engine off?

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The brake lite switch is out of adjustment or the brake arm is not retracting as it should. or the switch is at fault. unplug the switch to see if lites go out.

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Most likely cause is brake switch above brake pedal failing closed (button out). Try removing connector from switch to see if brake lights go off. If they do, switch is bad or not adjusted right.

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