Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Jenny asks: I have a problem with my car’s brake lights. They won’t turn off, even with the key out of the ignition. I checked the fuses and tried jiggling the ignition to see if that would fix it but no luck. Can you help?
My reply: I think so!
I had this happen to one of my own vehicles (2002 Nissan Frontier). One day, the brake lights came on and wouldn’t turn off, just as you’re dealing with. In my case – as I suspect will turn out to be the case in yours – a plastic grommet that was part of an electrical switch deteriorated and fell out (I found the little plastic piece on the carpet below the brake pedal). This triggers the connection that keeps the lights on, even with the ignition off. Sometimes, the fix is as easy as glueing the little plastic piece back into place. You may also need to replace the switch.
It’s not an expensive switch. The main hassle is getting at it, in order to fix (or replace) it. The first thing I’d do is look around the driver’s side floormat area and see whether you can find a little piece of plastic or a grommet-looking thing. If you do find it, you have likely found your problem – and the fix is per above!
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