WHY DO BRAKE LIGHTS STAY ON WHEN CAR IS OFF

Asked by sreneau Jul 23, 2013 at 08:38 PM about the 2001 Toyota Corolla CE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

43 Answers

34,965

brake peddle retracting spring weak ,or levers need lubed

45 people found this helpful.
256,495

Bad brake light switch, brake lights shorted to power.

41 people found this helpful.

Those guys are right on...unplug the electrical connector to the switch- the brake lights should now be off. If they are, replacing the switch will solve the problem.

74 people found this helpful.
2,160

Check for the cushion (part # 90541-06036). If you find plastic pieces on your mat near the brake and accelerator pedals, then its an indication that you need to replace the cushion. When the brake switch is not pressed due to missing cushion pad on the brake pedal then the brake light is always on which causes it to drain your battery and overheat the brake switch which it turns switches on the Check engine light. This small item will cost $3 at a toyota dealership. You may replace it by yourself if you have a torch but its a little hard to get reach of it but will save you on money.

216 people found this helpful.
550

I sorted mine with a $1 coin and duct tape... Should get me to a dealership for a proper cushion

44 people found this helpful.
210

Does anybody know the exact name of the brake pedal cushion? I found those rubber pieces below it. I have a 94 Corolla. Thank your for you help.

15 people found this helpful.
256,495

Do you mean the brake pedal stop, the one that keeps it from going too far when you release the pedal?

18 people found this helpful.
210

Yes, that part.

6 people found this helpful.
130

Called bumpers

7 people found this helpful.
530

My car is a 95 Toyota Corolla dx my brake lights stay on when car is off

34 people found this helpful.
530

My car is a 95 Toyota Corolla dx my brake lights stay on when car is off where is the electric switch located at

20 people found this helpful.
550

Look on the brrake lever, there will be a switch. Does anything touch the switch when the lever is not pressed? There should be a rubber bumper that presses the switch. DavidH, above, has an answer showing the assembly. Hashimer, above, has an answer suggesting to look for the bumper part.

11 people found this helpful.
560

I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla and just had this problem today. First of all, make sure to remove the brake light fuse so you don't burn out your lights/battery (for my car the fuse box is behind the storage container left of steering wheel, STOP lights, fuse 15). Just make sure to put it back later! I still had my bumper, it had broke off and was on the driver's side floorboard, so I somehow managed to tape it back in place until I can get the new part.

19 people found this helpful.
120

i did found the little pieces of the bumper on the floor. i wish someone would draw a diagram on exactly how to do it. i'm a elderly lady , but have done most everything myself , only because i couldn't afford to pay people. so if someone could send me a diagram i would deeply appreciate it . thanking you again

12 people found this helpful.
560

Sorry to hear you're having trouble, the diagram DavidH25 posted was really helpful but I labeled the place where the rubber bumper is supposed to go. Hope this helps!

37 people found this helpful.
80

Just wanted to say thank you guys for your amazing photos, diagrams, and for listing the part number! I was able to get my car (96 Corolla) working for now with two pennies and superglue, although I have the OEM parts ordered and coming in in two days :) FWIW I also found pieces of the rubber bumper on the floor mat (in 3 parts).

8 people found this helpful.
40

fixed the issue by putting a coin right in between.

4 people found this helpful.
40

1996 Toyota corolla: I used a couple of small wire ties (zip ties) through the hole the rubber bumper (cushion) mounts in for the break peddle switch. Then trimmed the excess off the wire ties so they wont get caught up in anything & possibly keep the break peddle from operating correctly.

4 people found this helpful.
120

Champions!! I've been having this issue on and off over the past 12 months (93 corolla) now I know what the problem is I'll sort it out, having to jump start this little gem after work tonight has certainly given me motivation.

4 people found this helpful.
120

My switch wore a hole through the rubber, the zip tie idea will get me to a parts store without the cops riding my back.

8 people found this helpful.
40

I had this issue about 2 months ago on my ute...fixed it with 2 buttons glued together...works a treat...just had my Toyota Coaster do the same tonight, so I'm pretty sure the same issue and with the same fix...good thing I am a hoarder and have heaps of buttons...I am in the process of de-hoarding and was going to toss my buttons out a few months ago...something tells me I shouldn't but i must, very soon!!!

4 people found this helpful.
10

My back Toyota vitz light has been on almost all night yesterday, I had to turn on the car and then off so that the light goes off. This happened throughout the whole night. What should I do?

1 people found this helpful.
70

Hey folks, love you all for posting about this. Its exactly my problem on my '95 Toyota, found part on mat, etc. But have a few questions: the part Carquest sold me doesnt look like the part that broke, which looks like hasimmer posted. I assume thats ok? Second, how do you get it in place? It looks like you madh the brake pedal and then squeeze it in--except I cant get it in. Seems too big. So thought maybe I'd try the penny/button route-- but how do you get that to stay? Glue?

4 people found this helpful.
70

Oh, i forgot... i was trying to put part where pushrod is. I put coin there and lights went out. How do you put part up by switch? How unplug switch? I'm afraid of breaking it

3 people found this helpful.
60

Just put a right sided screw into the hole where the cushion sits and secure with a bolt on the other end. The screw head then serves as a plunger which pushes against the switch when pedal is released. At least metal wont break as easily as lousy plastic parts. This was a lousy design and engineering should remove the need for cushion altogether by manufacturing everything metal with a piston that presses against the switch. imho

6 people found this helpful.
40

It just happened to me last night, brake lights stayed on. Great to see different kinds of suggestions from different people, thanks. I have adapted the screw idea, very simple, took a pan head 8/32 bolt by about 1/2 inch long and inserted from the top where the original bumper would go in from the top and secured it with a nut from the other side and even put also a lock washer to ensure it will never loosen up, really simple. The location is a little of a pain but not too bad.

4 people found this helpful.
10

I own a seventh-generation Toyota Celica and I was utterly confused by my car's brake lights suddenly being constantly on. I was kinda lucky that I come across this page and see all the various responses. I found the culprit being the plastic cushion as I see pieces as hashimmir has mentioned. Will soon fix my issue possibly by using a nut and bolt, if not something else.

1 people found this helpful.
200

Toyota Camry 2001 without the brake switch cushion

10 people found this helpful.
200

With the brake switch cushion

10 people found this helpful.
20

Thank you. It was truly helpful, I changed my fuse thinking that was the issue.

2 people found this helpful.
40

Yes! My brake lights stayed on on June 28, 2019 in my ‘98 Toyota Corolla. I found this thread with the part number and ordered the part. The original cushion was in a few pieces on the floor mat. In the interim, I used an ordinary button. The most frustrating part was positioning myself just right to get the button in the correct spot. This site and the pictures / diagram really worked! Here we are at the beginning of August and the button is still working just fine. When it stops though, I have the replacement part that I ordered ready. Luv it!

2 people found this helpful.
40

Thank you guys so much!!!!!!!! This just happened to my car, 2000 Toyota Corolla 5 speed manual transmission. I thought it was the SW coast heat that did something! After reading this and how everyone was fixing their problem, I took a look at mine. I immediately noticed the plastic cushion broken into 3 pieces on my driver's floor mat. Had to pull my seat all the way back and lay upside down with my head touching the brake pedal to see the switch. I used 3 pennies and electrical tape to stuff up there. This was a great, cheap, temporary (maybe , maybe not) fix. I'm short on cash in a new state across the country trying to start a new job. I'm so happy I found this thread!!!! Who knows what a shop would've charged me.

4 people found this helpful.
20

My lights stay on only when the headlights are on

256,495

HeffMoo' If it's for sure the brake lights then you have a cross circuit somewhere in the taillight wiring into brake light wiring. Another thing could be filament in one or more of the brake/tail light bulbs that has shorted to the tail light portion of the bulb, I have seen this in more off road vehicles but it has occurred on some on road vehicles.

20

Cheers I will have a look around. Is it a bad idea to spray some wd40 in around the light fixtures?

1 people found this helpful.
256,495

No but don’t use too much, use sparingly

1 people found this helpful.
20

I found the problem quickly today was the second bulb I check and went and got a new one and all is working great now..God knows how long they were stuck on for only for the guy in the auto carwash told me. Thanks a lot for your help!!

1 people found this helpful.
256,495

Oh Ho mashed contacts, boy those must be soft to have that happen, I have seen contacts mash but not that severe, were they china bulbs?

20

This is the one I bought, i think it's the same as the old one ..both say made in China

256,495

Well if it happens again then you where to look.

1 people found this helpful.

Nov. 2019. My 1989 Toyota Camry brake lights stayed on and ran down the battery. Your button idea worked great. At least I just finished sliding one in and feel good that it will work for the long term. The Camry was harder to access the plunger switch, so I'm adding these comments. I am a 69 yr old man with bifocals, so scrunching on the floor board and seeing where to slide the button in was a pain. If you have pieces of the old spacer on your floor board use them to estimate the size button needed to slide in. I'm either good or lucky. Mine popped in just right. 1st. Slide the front seat back 2nd Two Phillips screws allows you to remove the small under dash panel so you can see up in there 3rd. Unhook the brake pedal spring so fat fingers can slide a button in. I slid mine in with button indentation on the plunger side. 4th. Don't forget to hook the spring back up but even if you have to go back, total time took about 2 hrs. I really appreciate the helpful hints above my comments!

10

How do I actually get the bumper in? I dont seem to have enough fingers or maybe mot skinny enough. I just can't get it in to the right spot. been trying for an hour.

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Corolla

Looking for a Used Corolla in your area?

CarGurus has 57,681 nationwide Corolla listings starting at $999.

ZIP:

Sell Your Car Yourself

With a simple, secure transaction.

2001 Toyota Corolla CE

I have a different car

Toyota Corolla Experts

  • #1
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    3,770
  • #2
    G A Arne
    Reputation
    3,000
  • #3
    Jeff Polhemus
    Reputation
    2,810
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealersTM

Search

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
1,379 Great Deals out of 64,748 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Civic
937 Great Deals out of 66,786 listings starting at $1,299
Used Honda Accord
1,120 Great Deals out of 65,393 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota RAV4
1,058 Great Deals out of 44,997 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Elantra
737 Great Deals out of 32,164 listings starting at $1,971
Used Nissan Sentra
845 Great Deals out of 41,861 listings starting at $1,300
Used Toyota Tacoma
710 Great Deals out of 31,877 listings starting at $2,995
Used Nissan Altima
962 Great Deals out of 47,362 listings starting at $999
Used Honda CR-V
1,261 Great Deals out of 79,861 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Yaris
60 Great Deals out of 1,987 listings starting at $1,888
Used Toyota Prius
355 Great Deals out of 15,775 listings starting at $1,099
Used Toyota 4Runner
396 Great Deals out of 18,102 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Highlander
795 Great Deals out of 35,601 listings starting at $2,949

Used Cars for Sale

2021 Toyota Corolla For Sale
26,342 listings starting at $16,999
2020 Toyota Corolla For Sale
107 Great Deals out of 5,720 listings starting at $11,531
2019 Toyota Corolla For Sale
144 Great Deals out of 6,422 listings starting at $10,838
2018 Toyota Corolla For Sale
122 Great Deals out of 4,412 listings starting at $7,790
2017 Toyota Corolla For Sale
279 Great Deals out of 4,863 listings starting at $7,997

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.