1997 Toyota RAV4 Q&A

1997 Toyota RAV4 Question: Brake lights stay on when car is turned off.

Today, our brake lights stayed on even when we turned the car off. At first, it was both sides + the light in the middle of the back windshield, but we drove the car up and back a few times. Finally, the right one went off when we parked, but the left one and middle windshield one stay on. We had to take out a fuse to get them to go off. Any idea how we can troubleshoot this ourselves and maybe fix it? -
Answer 1
Check the brakelight switch up under the dash, activated by the brake pedal. It may have failed and won't shut off. I think the right brakelight burned out so you better check that in the process. If you want to find a Toyota specialist, here's a directory link for you: https://repairpal.com/directory?address=96816&car_brand_names=Toyota -
Comment 1
Thanks, Superbob. As this issue was a bit time sensitive, we muddled our way through and discovered that it was indeed a failed brake light stopper. It's fixed now, but meanwhile the battery just went dead, egged on by who-knows-how-long the brake lights were on before we discovered the problem Peace, bs -
Answer 2
the same thing happened to me a rubber spacer the size of a quarter fell from under the dash -