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My brake lights don't work and when i push my brake to shift from park to drive it want go unless i push the button as i crank the car and my cruise want cut off unless i push the off button

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Check the brake switch above the pedal. take the connector off the switch and short the terminals in the connector together with a large paper clip. If this puts the stop lights on, replace the switch. If this doesn't fix it, please get back to me.

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