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



bodysurfer, 2.0L 4 Cylinder, Honolulu, HI, April 16, 2011, 00:54

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?

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    April 18, 2011, 23:50

    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.
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    bodysurfer, April 18, 2011, 23:55

    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

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    August 01, 2011, 20:59

    the same thing happened to me a rubber spacer the size of a quarter fell from under the dash

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