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Brake Light ???

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by SF SGM, Mar 24, 2009.

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  1. SF SGM

    SF SGM Member

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    Came home this afternoon from a friends funeral and noticed that my brake lights stayed on. I figured the switch must be bad, so I replaced it and they still stay on. Remove the switch and of course they go off. Any ideas before I go pay some repair shop a pile of money???

    Thanks in advance,

    Van
     
  2. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Fill the master cylinder with brake fluid. HMB
     
  3. Tron

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    What kind of vehicle?
     
  4. blizzard

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    The kind with the brake lights stuck on Tron! GEEZ!
     
  5. Tron

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    Well Bliz, OK then. If you replace the switch and the lights stay on, and the lights go out when you disconect the switch, then maybe it's a linkage issue. On most types of vehicle (and perhaps your mystery machine) there is a nylon bushing that fits onto the brake pedal lever. That bushing could be worn out, missing (maybe you forgot to put it back in there).

    OR you didn't replace the switch correctly..........
     
  6. SF SGM

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    Tron,

    It is a'95 Eclipse. The switch will only go in one way. I will check the bushing in the pedal in the morning and see if that is the problem. I did tape the new switch closed to see if it was not making good contact with the pedal and the lights still stayed on.

    Thanks,

    Van
     
  7. Tron

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    Some of the Jap vehicles have a return spring for the brake pedal. See if the light goes out when you pull the brake pedal back a bit. If the lights go out, then you know that the return spring is not allowing the linkage to come back.
     
  8. Bruce Specht

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    Sounds like something is closing the circuit when the switch is installed. Check to see that the pedal is not pressing the switch. Based on where the switch is located either pull up on the pedal or press down just a bit to see if the lights go out. Maybe a pedal height adjusment is needed
     
  9. mollyone

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    Trade it
     
  10. olddrum1

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    I go to a site called Twocarpros.com. You paypal them four or five bucks and they give you the most likely cause. Has saved me hundreds of dollars and lots of time.
    CB
     
  11. Irfner

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    The switch is out of adjustment or the pedal is not returning. Push the switch all the way down. The returning pedal will self adjust it.
     
  12. SF SGM

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    It was the the rubber bump stop on the pedal. Found it on the floorboard and replaced and the lights work fine. Thanks for the all the advice.

    Van
     
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    Old drum: I will do it for $2! Birdtracker
     
  14. SF SGM

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    Paul,

    To keep it short and simple, they sent a tech up and he stated that the alarm system function as per specs even though when you unlock the doors with the alarm set with the eletric door lock it turns the alarm system off just as if you had used the remote. Lawyer sent a letter out this week and if that doesn't work, we will sue.

    Tks,

    Van
     
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