Ford Escort 1997 - brake lights permanently on

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Old 06-03-06, 01:29 PM
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Question Ford Escort 1997 - brake lights permanently on

I wonder if anyone can help?

I have a ford escort, encore, 1997 model.

The brake lights are constantly on when I'm driving around, even though my foot is not on the brake. They come on when the car is started and remain on till I turn off the ignition.

Any ideas what I need to look at or do?

Many thanks,

Marie
 
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Old 06-03-06, 01:36 PM
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Likely the switch unless you have a short. Get down on your hands and knees and stick your head down by the driver's side floor mat. Put your hand on the brake pedal. Now move your hand up the brake pedal arm a few inches. That thing with the electrical connector is the brake switch. You'll find it is probably adjustable. All you need to do is loosen the locknut(s) and adjust the switch until the plunger is pushed in far enough to turn the lights out with no pressure on the pedal. Then retighten the locknut. Pretty easy job.
 
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Old 06-03-06, 01:43 PM
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Thank you tow guy...

All sounds very logical - It's dark here at the moment so I shall have a look when it gets light and let you know if it works!

Cheers,

Marie
 
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Old 06-04-06, 04:59 AM
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Unhappy no visible way to adjust!

Ok, found the switch no problem and can see what's wrong...

However there are no visible nuts or screws to be able to adjust the position of the switch. I can only see a plastic box and it seems to be in a fixed position.

Have I missed something, or is it possible that I need to adjust the position of the brake pedal rather than the switch (it looks like the pedal has dropped a bit)?

Many thanks,

Marie
 
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Old 06-04-06, 05:54 AM
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The brake light switch has to be attached to the bracket somehow as on rare occasions they have to be replaced. The only one I have ever replaced had a big nut holding it in place.

I assume you found the plunger that turns the brake light on and verified that it does work - push plunger in and brake light goes out. The brake pedal shouldn't have dropped in a resting position but I suppose anything is possible. Make sure that the pedal arm lines up with the switch. I have had the bracket that holds the switch break before so it is possible the plunger isn't hitting the brake.
 
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Old 06-04-06, 06:06 AM
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Perhaps a weak, broken or missing return spring on the pedal that is allowing it to droop down?
 
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