1997 Toyota RAV4 Q&A
1997 Toyota RAV4 Question: I have a 1997 Toyota Rav 4. My parking lights come on after I press the brake.Y?
That could be hard to find; obviously there is a short between your brake light circuit & tail lights. most common would be in the tail light assembly. Isolate the tail light assemblies and see if your park lights still come on. There is a junction block under the dash that these wires share as well. Look for wires, connectors, etc, that looks melted or burned. - ProfessorG
Wired up for towing a trailer and a possible wiring issue there? Any moisture inside of the park lights, maybe a crack in a rear lense somewhere and water is bridging the two circuits? Just random thoughts on some things i have run up on. Do the signal lights work ok? Have any bulb been changed recently? Do both brake lights work and are good and bright? - pushrod
This usually occurs when you have lost a ground connection and the brake lamp power is back feeding through the park lamps. The affected lamp socket may need to be replaced. To find which one it is turn on the parking lights, and then have an assistant hit the brake pedal while you watch the brake lights. The bulb in the bad socket will go out or get very dim.. - cardocIII