Why won't the brake lights cut off?

Tiny
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  • 1996 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE
  • 155,000 MILES
Whether the car is off or on the back lights won't cut off. If I pull on the brake pedal it doesn't seem to move but they will cut off but as soon as I let go they are on. What's wrong?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 12:44 AM

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Tiny
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You will have to check the brake light switch it self, it is located at the top of the brake pedal, it will proberbly be out of adjustment or faulty.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 12:47 AM
Tiny
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What will it look like because I've looked and don't see any type of switch.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 12:50 AM
Tiny
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I can't find a pic of your exact type, but this is a average brake light switch, it will be located at the very top of the pedal or at the top of the pedal box, the brake pedal will operate it.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:02 AM
Tiny
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So how can I tell if its bad?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:05 AM
Tiny
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With the pedal up, there should be no power through the switch, probe both sides of the switch with a test light, you can unplug the switch and if the lights go off the switch will be faulty if you only have power on one site of the plug.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:09 AM
Tiny
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Where can I get a switch and how much are they usually?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:11 AM
Tiny
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Dealers will be more expensive than after market, normally it will be a buy in so you may have to wait a day to get one, after market I would expect to pay around $40-50 at full retail. You can get cheaper but often these are not the best quality.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:20 AM
Tiny
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Anyway to adjust or check if its bad first? Maybe it just needs adjusting?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:22 AM
Tiny
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You can try adjusting, there should be a lock nut that you back off unplug the switch and turn to adjust, worth a try.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:25 AM
Tiny
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Thanks. If not. Websites for a new one?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:28 AM
Tiny
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Ok and another quick question. Can parts from a 98 convertible eclipse be used in a 96 convertible eclipse? Like the trans and motor and gas tank and brake stuff lights etc?
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:30 AM
Tiny
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Try a web site call parts train they have a big range, as for the parts of on model to another some will some won't often if the part # is the same it will be ok, just be careful with any electricals that's all.
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 AT 1:36 AM

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