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What make the the brake lights stay on after the ignition is turned off?

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There is a switch that the break petal hits its under the dash and when it goes bad the lights will stay on just replace the switch and thats it not to easy to change its kinda awkard to get to but if you are mechanical you should be able to tackle it.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011

  • juniordiaz87 Jun 29, 2011

    does the switch have like sensors coonnected to it

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    John Hicks Jul 05, 2011

    the switch does have wires connected to it it is called a micro switch they can go bad and when they do they can make the brake lights stay on and will run down your battery eventually .On the inside of the switch there are contacts that over time wear and get dirty and some times they can weld themselves together when this happens the switch stays closed and acts just like you are pressing your petal resulting in a dead battery



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SOURCE: Brake lights refuse to turn off.

Your brake light switch is stuck. It is located on the brake pedal and they will do this sometimes. You can replace this part for relatively cheap and it doesn't take very long. The other option is to spray it with some WD-40 and try to work it out. Do one of these two things and you will be good to go. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for rating my response and for using FixYa!

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bad earth to lamp clusters usually when tow bar electrics fitted - or chaffed wired in lamp feed

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You have problem in swicht light brake this is at the top of the brake pedal

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