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Hi,
This is the theory on what is happening.
There is a brake light switch attached to the frame that holds the brake pedal. When you push the pedal, the brake light switch button is either depressed or released mechanically. Some switches are wired to go on when they are released, and some are wired to go on when they are depressed.
Your car seems to have the type that goes when you push the pedal and pressure is released from the button. So when you take your foot off of the brake, the switch is pushed in and shuts off the electricity to the brake light.
What can you do? There are only two causes I know of.
1 The switch is broken and must be replaced
2 The switch is loose and if it is tightened up and adjusted. It will work fine and remain off until you push the brake pedal.

More often than not it is caused by a loose switch.

To get to it you will have to crawl under the dash. Move the seat/seats back as far as they can go.
Slide down between the seat and pedal with a really good flashlight. Look up and you will see the switch sitting there. Reposition it and tighten it up. If the switch is broken. Remove and replace.
Hope this helps,
Happy New Year,
Mark

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

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Hi

one of 2 things to check, firstly there is a switch under the brake pedal, tricky to see from the top and hard to get at as you have to lye on your back looking up behind the pedal. these often seize up and need wd40 to free them up, secondly 2 wires in the boot may be touching or the wrong bulb has been fitted in the brake light.

Hope this helps

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Posted on Jan 01, 2011

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Brake switch or the relay stuck closed
try to tap the brake pedal several times quickly
disconnect the connector at the brake switch ( it should be towards the top of the brake pedal, and reconnect it.
and try the brake again
most likely it is this switch that is bad

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

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