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BREAK LIGHTS STAY ON WHEN BREAK PEDAL NOT APPLIED.

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Rear brake lights-check brake switch. Brake light on dash, check brake fluid, may have leak or brakes are in or close to be in need of change.

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SOURCE: I have a 98 cavalier and the break lights stay on unless I prop up the brake pedal. what would cause this

ive got the same issue with mine and ive read about 100 people with the same issues or near identical issues ive replaced the directional flasher relay. ign switch,run separate grounds thinking it was a bad ground replaced the light sockets and put new long life bulbs into them. replaced fuses even though they were all good. only thing left is to run a completely new wiring harness and the car simply is not worth the aggrivation. my advice never buy another chevy/government motors product ever again until they can get their act together and build em like they used to in a fashion which enables pretty much anybody to easily repair them with common tools. total morons for engineering a wiring system in such an irresponsible fashion its no wonder all of their buisness is being taken by foreigners.

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