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2004 Ford Explorer- Brake lights remain on even when vehicle parked/off.....? What can I check/fix? Please & thank you!

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Check under dash on steering column above brake pedal for the brake light switch, check for proper adjustment. Push in on switch and have someone check for lightt to turn off. if it goes off then adjust switch so it makes quicker contact with brake pedal bracket. If it wont turn off then i would expect the switch is bad. But remember i am not there to do a hands on inspection but this is the most common senario

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