My 1995 Dodge Avenger just developed a new problem where the brake pedal must be elevated with pressure to prevent the brake lights from staying on all the time. What has caused this and how does it get fixed?
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It is located above the brake pedal shaft you will see a switch that touches the shaft. Just unplug the wire to it and unscrew it. Screw the new one in until the switch pin that touches the shaft is retracted half way into the switch. Start the car and push the brake pedal down 1/2" the brake lights should come on if not unscrew the switch until they do.
Are you talking about the brake lights in the back, or the brake warning light on the dash ? If the warning light is on, have you checked the fluid level in the master cylinder ? Is the parking brake on ?
Hi, the usual cause of this is a broken stop light switch above the brake pedal. Look up there to see if the switch is broken. If it looks OK, pull the connector off the switch to see if the lights will go out. If they do, the switch is shorted. Occasionally the problem is in the turn signal switch, but this is very rare.
I assume you are pressing firmly on the brake pedal. If so, it is most likely the brake safety switch, not detecting that you are. Contact your dealer about the override for this, (usually there is a button somewhere), if that fixes it, you need to get it replaced. All new cars require that you press the brake to be able to shift out of park; this prevents the so-called "sudden acceleration" problem, when you put your foot on the accelerator instead of the brake, shift into drive, and then no matter how hard you press on the accelerator (which you *think* is the brake), the car will not stop, in fact it "races out of control".
But occasionally this switch goes bad and has to be replaced.
sounds like you have low brake fluid pressure and the pressure sensor is turning on warning lights saying there is low pressure and also pedal going to floor indicate this, sounds like master brake cylinder is worn out/broke and needs replace ment
under the dashboard on the drivers side. look at the brake pedal lever. there should be a switch attached. push switch in and twist to remove. then pull the button as far out as it will go. while holding brake pedal down reinstall switch. then pull pedal up to top. this will reset the brake light switch. if they stay on still, then just replace the brake light switch.
I know this is outdated but for those with this problem which i had too, it is a rubber stopper that attaches to the brake pedel itself to keep the switch depressed on my car for there is 2 switches and there is 2 rubber stops attached to the brake pedal. this being gone will cause the brake lights to stay on all the time.