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I am in need of help. For some reason my brake lights come on all by themselves. The car will be sitting in park, not on and the lights just come on. I have to go and hit the brake petal to get them to turn off. Also I noticed tonight that they will come on while I am driving and I am not even touching the brake.

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  • loveselvis76 Apr 06, 2011

    My gas gauge is also acting up. It jumps up when i am driving and the only way I get a good reading is when it is in park. Could this be linked to my brake problem?

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Rewire the brake light feed through the ignition switch ,and check the switch as i think it may be loose in its holder or the brake return spring on the pedal is broke or stretched ,thats if has a brake return spring as not all vehicles do

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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    Colin Stickland Apr 06, 2011

    no fuel gauge is another problem ,one with the sender unit and i suspect that the float is full of petrol ,but i could be wrong and it could be the resistance but again without a good look myself ?'

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There is a brake lite switch on the pedal probley sticking or out ov adjustment it is under the dash follow brake pedal arm up u will see it u can screw it out that should solve urproblem if not replace switch good luck

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Their is a little button type of switch attached so that when the break pedal is applied the button extends out and the connection is made for the brake lights to come on. This switch may have come loose or bent out of the prop per position on the alignment with the pedal........Hope this helps.

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Check brake light switch where the brake pedal arm is.the brake light switch is loose or broken.or bracket holding brake light switch is loose or broken fell out of position. the brake light switch suppose to be touching the brake pedal arm to turn off brake lights.if switch not touching pedal arm.switch is broken,if brake switch touching brake pedal arm,and brake lights still on.replace brake light switch.

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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