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Old 07-25-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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HELP! Rear brake lights stay on when car is off!

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!
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Well did you try pulling the fuse that actually matters, the one labeled stop lamp (STOP L)?

Do they turn off when you disconnect the brake light switch?

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Old 07-25-2009, 03:16 PM   #3
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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.
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Also that brake lights stay on if you leave your headlights on too
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Also that brake lights stay on if you leave your headlights on too
hmmmmm....nope, that's the tail lights. but if the "brake lights" come on/stay on just because the headlight switch is on...that's a problem.
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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.
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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

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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
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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exactly what i was talking about my local deal could not seem to find them when i needed some so i impervised.
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Yeah, look on the ground and your going to find the broken round rubber piece. I taped a penny back there and i was good to go minutes later.
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A penny with electrical tape worked for me.
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This happend to me as well. I tapped a penny with electrical tape to my brake pedal were the plastic button use to be for the brake light switch.
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thats funny mine messed up to it was the rubber thing in the pedal broke fell off...whats the name of this parts? i tapped a penny for now haha.
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: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.
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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.
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Yep. Found both the brake light and cruise control rubber pads on my floorboard. O'Reilly sells rubber bumpers for $2.49 that fit perfectly. Part Number 456230BP.
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This happend to me as well. I tapped a penny with electrical tape to my brake pedal were the plastic button use to be for the brake light switch.
where exactly in the break pedal does this plastic button goes, so i can tape something there to replace it? thank you!
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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.
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where exactly in the break pedal does this plastic button goes, so i can tape something there to replace it? thank you!
you can actually take a push pin that hold some of the plastics down on cars and put it in there. I just had to do this the other day. I didn't realize it had happened until my battery was dead.
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I think my mechanic took a piece of wood and wedged it in there, but this happened to me and it turns out the damn thing disintegrated when i picked it up off the floor.
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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!!!
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Thanks to all of you who helped in the thread. I ran into the same issue with a 1996 model. I took a before and after (duct tape with penny in the middle) to those who's trying to get visual.

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Exact same problem

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.
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Butterscotch candy is EXACTLY what it looks like. SO far the best description yet. However the color may differ. Mine was green when it broke. Like Jolly Rancher green. lol.
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Yes, butterscotch candy with a raised green dot in the middle. About the size of a thick nickel.
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Hi All:

I finally got the part and fixed the problem.

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

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