1987 rear brake lights stay on with the ignition switch off.

marine4life06
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Asked by marine4life06 Jun 17, 2013 at 03:28 PM about the 1987 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The brake lights stay on with the ignition switch off and all lights turned off. What causes this? I was informed that it is the micro switch for the brakes. If so, where is that located?

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joef
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Usually behind brake pedal... The switch probably isn't faulty. Have you gotten your brakes replaced recently? Are they old and worn? If your brakes are old and/or your fluid is low, there is sometimes not enough pressure in the system to hold the pedal all the way up, so sometimes the pedal sinks down a little and activates the switch.. Try topping off your brake fluid reservoir.

marine4life06
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Thank you. I will have to check that. It is a car that a neighbor is planning on giving me and I haven't had a chance to dig into it yet.

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