1997 Honda Accord stop lights stay on all the time

Tiny
MIKE DI
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  • 1997 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 13,000 MILES
Brake lights just started staying on after car has been turned off, checked all fuses.
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 AT 8:54 AM

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Tiny
BUDDYCRAIGG
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Check the brake light switch.
Hopefully, it will just need to be adjusted.
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 AT 9:45 AM
Tiny
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Is the brake light swithch above the brake pedal, and can you give me specific adjustment instructions.
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 AT 10:21 AM
Tiny
BUDDYCRAIGG
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Yes, it's down by the pedal.

But I can't tell you how to adjust it without seeing it.
Cars are set up a little different from model to model, but it's normally pretty simple to figure it out, one you see it.
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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 AT 10:45 AM
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The brake pedal has a plastic striker plate on it. The plastic striker plate looks like a fat plastic thumb tack that fits in a hole on the brake pedal arm. After time, the plastic gets brittle and falls out. Then the brake light switch plunger goes right through the brake pedal hole and the lights stay on. Get a replacement for $3.49 plus tax from the dealer and put it in yourself. Push the seat all the way back, raise the steering wheel all the way up, get a flashlight, stand on your head under the dash, locate the hole and stick the rubber thing in the hole. Takes about five minutes (thirty seconds the second time you do it!). The hole is directly in front of the brake light switch plunger. Depress the plunger with your finger to double-check the lights go out. If the striker plate thing is good and the brake lights don't go out or they won't come on, the brake light switch is bad. To change the switch, disconnect the electrical connector, loosen the checknut with a 14mm wrench, and turn the switch all the way until it falls out of the mount hole. Installation is the reverse. If you count the turns of the old one coming out, you put the new one in the same amount of turns and you'll be pretty close on your alignment. Good luck.
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Monday, August 10th, 2009 AT 7:01 PM

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