Electrical, brake lights, shift indicator (selected gear indicator lights)

Tiny
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  • 1997 TOYOTA TACOMA
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 87,000 MILES
Problem: once engine is started there is a new and clearly audible "clicking sound" from within the dash directly in front of driver (sounds like an old time flasher relay clicking) with each click all brake lights are coming on and off on the vehicle. In addition, not always, but much of the time the light that indicates which gear is selected (on dash, D, P, N.) Are getting bright and dim or going on and off. Typically after I shift gears to back out of driveway, it stopps? The only thing that comes to mind other than a short of somesort is the emergency flasher relay, but I do not know its location, so I don't know. Any thoughts? I usually do my own repair work so I would apreciaete a suggested answer or process.
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Ron
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 AT 10:48 AM

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Tiny
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Clean battery terminal ends and make sure battery to body ground is clean. Flasher is in left kick panel as well as grounds to clean. Another ground on rh sides of dash clean them both. The flasher also runs the hazards try that first. Might also be circuit opening relay you could try switch ing with a like relay if possible. See pic
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 AT 12:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, I will give it a try tonight.
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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 AT 12:32 PM

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