2002 Hyundai Elantra brake light switch

Tiny
BROKENHEARTED
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  • 2002 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 96,700 MILES
My brake lights stayed on after exiting my vehicle for approx. 2 days. Naturally I drained my battery(boohoo) and car would not start. Called AAA, the guy jump started my car and told me the brake light switch was bad. I went to my mechanic, he ordered me a new switch, went to install it and ran into a problem. He told me that the white tip of switch was going through the hole in the brake pedal instead of engaging the switch properly, hence the brake lights stayed on. He tried a 2nd switch, same thing. I then went to dealer myself, came back with basically the same switch and again the brake lights stayed on. I am now riding w/o brake light switch, ergo, no brake lights. That's no good. Is there supposed to be a buffer preventing the tip of switch from going through the hole on the brake pedal?What's it called and where do I get it. And is there a diagram of what it looks like for proper installation?Thank you.
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Saturday, June 21st, 2014 AT 6:06 PM

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Tiny
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This is a first for me. Is the switch button fitting entirely into the opening? Does the new switch look the same as the original one? Is it adjustable?
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Saturday, June 21st, 2014 AT 7:39 PM
Tiny
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I watched a you tube video and there's a plastic button that goes into the hole on the brake pedal that the switch tip presses against. Where can I purchase that piece or do I need another brake pedal? If I go to a junk yard do you think I could find one from any similar brake pedals?
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Saturday, June 21st, 2014 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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That would be a dealer item, but chances are the manufacturer no longer produce them. Check a dealer first. If you have no luck, then I would go to a salvage yard and start looking.
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Saturday, June 21st, 2014 AT 8:31 PM
Tiny
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I just had this problem. I have no clue why there is a hole there for a plug that can go missing. I used duct tape to cover the hole. Problem solved, for now.
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Friday, August 11th, 2017 AT 5:58 AM
Tiny
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Ive never heard of one of these going missing but there is currently a recall for the newer model Hyundais and replace them all the time. It literally take 2 seconds to pop it out and install a new one so I can see it going missing if its really worn out or someone was working in that area. The plunger of the brake switch makes contact onto this rubber stopper which causes the brake lights to shut off. If the stopper isn't there, the plunger will go through the hole where the stopper is supposed to be. Dealerships will most likely have one since they are all essentially the same and is probably only a few bucks. I would go to your local dealership and ask them. Make sure you have your VIN number available and ask for the brake switch rubber stopper.
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Friday, August 11th, 2017 AT 8:43 AM

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