Feb, 2015, I noticed I had no brake lights. I trouble shot the situation, and discovered that the electrical harness had melted where it connects to the brake light switch. I replaced the switch, and repaired the harness with a couple of spade connectors. The brake lights still wouldn't work if the switch was installed in the car, but I noticed that it would actuate the lights if operated by hand. I added a.050" shim to the surface of the switch actuator, and all work as advertised, problem disappeared.
Fast Forward 8 months:
I was leaving work and found I had a dead battery. Upon trouble shooting the cause, I discovered that the brake lights would not extinguish. I immediately remembered the shim that I had installed on the switch, and removed it. The brake lights went off, and still wouldn't work without it. I again noticed that the wiring to the switch had gotten hot and melted some of the insulation, so I replaced the switch again, and also bought an aftermarket connector to splice in. I did the work, and, with the new switch, the brake lights worked as they should, however, now the headlights came on as soon as the electric circuit was energized, and stayed on regardless of the time of day or the position of the lisht switch on the dash. In addition to the exterior lights having a mind of their own, I noticed I had no interior lights (courtesy lights), and I also noticed smell as thought the wiring was getting hot inside the car.
At this point I removed the terminals from the battery, and have been chasing the problem online ever since.
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 AT 6:33 PM