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Brakes light stays on all the time-even with the brake light switch disconnected

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Since brake lights are normally supplied with chassis ground through the switch, the wire leaving the switch is grounded somewhere between the switch and the point at which the wire branches to left and right. The problem may be in a cable bundle and not even visible.

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