What do I do if my brake lights are stuck on?
Here are common ways to fix brake lights that stay on:
- Check the brake light switch for damage.
- Replace blown fuses.
- Install a new brake light switch.
- Keep your brake pedal bumper functional.
- Replace burnt-out bulbs.
- Detach the car battery.
- Keep your brake pedal dirt-free.
- Ensure the brake pedal pushes the switch correctly.
What does it mean when your brake lights are stuck on?
The most likely cause for the brake lights to stay on is the brake light switch that is attached closed. You can disconnect the brake light switch plug from the brake light pedal to see if the lights turn off.
Why won’t my parking brake light go off?
Bad Switch: One common reason for the Parking Brake light to stay on is a failing or failed switch. This can be checked easily by jiggling the handle after it is down. If the light turns off (or turns off and then back on), the switch is the most likely culprit and will need to be replaced.
Why will my brake lights not go off?
Brake lights are part of the tail light and illuminate when the brake pedal is pressed. If your brake lights are staying on with the vehicle off, the most common cause is a broken brake light switch or brake light switch stopper.
Why is my handbrake light not working?
The dash light not illuminating when the brake is applied is very likely a wiring issue. Start by checking the parking brake switch for available voltage. Then apply the brake and check for voltage after the switch. Continue down the circuit until you find where the voltage should be, and isn’t strong enough.
Why are the brake lights not working but the tail lights are?
Blown out light bulbs are the most common reason for why the brake lights not working but the tail lights are. Remove the screws from the bulb lens (which you can access through the trunk or see your vehicle repair manual to get the exact location). Push the bulbs and turn them counterclockwise to remove from the socket.
What does it mean when your brake light is stuck?
While under the dashboard, press in on the pedal or on the button itself and see if the button pops back out when you release it. If it doesn’t, it likely means that the button is sticking in the “on” position. If the button is sticking in the “on” position, it will leave the brake light on all the time.
Can a damaged pigtail make a brake light work?
A damaged pigtail will have to be replaced in order to make your brake lights function properly. You may need to order the brake light switch pigtail from a dealership for some vehicles if they are not carried at your local auto parts store. Test the return of the switch.
Can you replace a brake light that has fallen out?
Yes, as long as the switch still works. Typically the stop falls out or breaks before the switch fails. You can test this by sticking a piece of cardboard between the hole and the button on the switch. If the lights turn off, then the switch is working and you just need to replace the stop. Thanks!