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Hey guys. Strange problem here and I'm hoping this has happened to someone before so you know how to fix it.
My rear brake lights stay on even when the car is turned off. The key is out of the ignition and they just stay on, thus leading to my battery dying quickly. Any suggestions? I actually pulled the tail light fuse and they still stayed on! Any suggestions would be great. Thanks guys!
probably something with the brake light switch on the brake pedal. try pulling up on the brake pedal and if the lights go off, then you can probably adjust the switch. if the lights stay on then you'll have to get down under the steerring column and check the switch for being broken. having a volt-ohm meter to check the switch would be extreemly helpful. there's 2 switches on the brake pedal, the brake light switch and the cruise control disengage switch. i THINK the brake light switch is the one on the left, can't remember for sure.
That happened to my 2000 maxima. Took it to my mechacis right away so my battery wouldn't drain and he fixed it in 10 minutes for $10. It was a rubber seal he had to replace. He said it was common for my make of car.
same thing happened on my 1st gen.the brake pedal itself has a little rubber peice in it that brake light switch contacts and over time it dries up and breaks and falls out. i dont know if nissan sales it seperate or comes as a whole pedal. you can probably find something to put in the hole so the switch has something to rest on when the pedal comes back up.i used a little push tab thing that holds plastic trim on.hope this helps
Last edited by 89boostedmax; 08-27-2011 at 04:11 PM.
same thing happened on my 1st gen.the brake pedal itself has a little rubber peice in it that the brake light switch contacts and over time it dries up and breaks and falls out. i dont know if nissan sales it seperate or comes as a whole pedal. you can probably find something to put in the hole so the switch has something to rest on when the pedal comes back up.i used a little push tab thing that holds plastic trim on.hope this helps
:my neighbor gave me one of those self-adhesive felt circles, about the size of a penny, and it worked. This was just an hour ago, so tomorrow I will affix it better with tape. Thank you, everyone for the great suggestions.
The local Nissan dealership told me it's simply called a 'brake-stop,' and costs <$6 each. Just a rubber stopper with a nipple on the back, you just plug it in the one or both of the 2 gaps. From driving position, the left gap is for the brake lights, the right gap is for cruise-control stop, when brake is applied.
Get down in the footwell and look at the brake pedal. Follow it up and you will see a piece of metal welded to it, horizontally like a letter t. This is where the plastic bumper goes. One end is for the brake lights and the other end is for the cruise control.
This post about the cause of this problem was very helpful. I also found the little plugs to the brakes and cruise control on the floor and am using the tape and penny trick until I can get the plugs from O'Reilly's. Thanks a bunch for the tip!!!
Thank you all for your help. I have not fixed the problem yet, but I now see what I have to do.
I got in the car the other day and the battery was stone dead. The big mystery was the numerous pieces of what looked to be some kind of broken plastic button lying under the steering wheel. Sort of looked like butterscotch candy. Had no idea what it was or how it got there. Went and charged the battery overnight, and all was well....until next day when car was stone dead again. Paid over $100 for a new battery, and all is well again. Except.....that I noticed the brake lights were on as car sat in driveway. Nothing else was on and I could not get them to go out without disconnecting the battery.....again. I'm assuming the cost of this fix will be duct tape, a penny.....and a broken back.
The part number for the 1996 model is 46584-S0100. I would recommand bring your vin number to local dealer to make sure you got the right part. I said this because for rubber-stopper replacemnt, there is another part number: 46584-5P010. It's in black color with much smaller end and it doesn't fit my 1996 model.
The part is $7.00, but likely a 30 cents cost
Here are the some pics that I hope would help you folks.
My car is on the charger for the second time in a week and a half. Wouldn't even know about the brake lights had it not been for the lady across the street. I checked after the first charge and they were on. Battery dead this morning and no lights on last night.
Can the brake pedal slowly go back down???
I had found out about the cruise control fix just hadn't got upside down to try and fix it. Oh well, maybe kill 2 birds with 1 stone now.
The link to Courtesy Parts says I need 2 stoppers. Is that correct?
Yes, there are 2 stoppers - one for the brake light switch and the other for the cruise control disconnect switch. The two switches have nothing to do with the other one.
I suppose the brake pedal could go down by itself, but if it did, the brake lights would be on. Maybe wear and tear on things have the switch right on the edge of operating. The switch position is adjustable, though.