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Old 09-10-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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hey guys, my brake lights don't turn off even when the car is off. Do you know what cause this? I know it's a shortage somewhere but where should i look? Please help me!!!!!!!!!! Thanks
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You need to adjust it down by your brake pedal.
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how would i do that??
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the brake light switch is on a bracket such that when you depress the pedal it releases the switch, this action completes the circuit to turn on the lights.

there is also a plastic plug in the bracket that sometimes falls out and the switch is not depressed when the brake pedal is all the way up.
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soo is there a screw or something i should adjust? sorry im not at my car right now.. Thanks for the help
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i have no idea why CRX TOAD is giving you BAD advice. forget what he's telling you.

you need to look for blue plastic bits on the floor under your pedals. i guarantee youll find em like this


its #13.


youll see a hole in the brake pedal now. fill that hole with another bumper from the junkyard or a makeshift bolt that fits in its place. or this

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Is there not an adjustment on the brake light switch? If so I'm sure that's what the Toad was refering to
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Is there not an adjustment on the brake light switch? If so I'm sure that's what the Toad was refering to
thats not the problem.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:12 PM   #9
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that is not the problem it is the little bumper that they are talking about I have had to replace them on my rex and civic. Look at the brake pedal go upwards you will find the switch. The detent part of the switch is going through a hole in the brake pedal where the little rubber bumper sits. Replace rubber bumper and you are good to go.
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The switch is adjustable,
But if it was working before,
Chances are the rubber bumper has crumbled like Tyson described..

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I use a ten mil. bolt an nut. works great, never have to worry about it coming apart again
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:53 PM   #12
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Also to add because I have seen this happen, the switch itself gets stuck. So make sure its not stuck .
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ANNND There is one on the clutch for 89+ cars, so one day when your car doesnt start, look in the floorboard first!
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the part is like 3 bux at the honda dealership, i just did mine but your new one will be white in color not the dark blue
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High % of chance it is the clip... I replaced mine with Electrical tape @ a washer
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i have no idea why CRX TOAD is giving you BAD advice. forget what he's telling you.

you need to look for blue plastic bits on the floor under your pedals. i guarantee youll find em like this


its #13.


youll see a hole in the brake pedal now. fill that hole with another bumper from the junkyard or a makeshift bolt that fits in its place. or this
holy **** bro.. i was wondering what those blue pieces on my carpet were from!! thanks man
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added to the FAQ under Suspension and Brake.
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sucks when that happens. I duct taped a quarter to my pedal where the plastic stopper fell out on my 240sx years ago and it stayed in place for a couple years. Ghetto but it worked.
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happened to my 88 last year.

happened to my friends 91 last week.

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just replaced one last year in auto tech class... and just replaced one in a buddys crx 2 days ago...
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replaced mine about 4 months ago. officially mark, year number 16-19 for ef's is years of the mysterious "crayon" looking plastic apearing on everybody's carpet. for those who have the fortune of still having one in tach, replace now before your battery drains unsuspectedly.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:23 PM   #22
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Very good Johnnie..
A 5/16" standard size will work also..

Some folks have "slammed" me for recommending a bolt
saying the impact of the hard object might damage the switch..

If you autocross or drive aggressively,
A softer material might be a better choice,
but the bolt suits me fine as I release the brakes gently and
don't ever "pop" my foot off of the pedal.
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This just happened on my 97 EK Hatch ... I quickly diagnosed the problem as this, but I thought this was for only old chassis models (EF, DA, etc), but apperantly the EK Chassis uses the same thing still - why didnt honda change it? I dunno ... Anyways I was right, this was the problem ... I fixed it with a 10mm Bolt and Nut


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happened to me a couple months ago
there was a screw that busted on mine
so i put a bigger better badder one in place
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happened to my 88 last year.
happened to my friends 91 last week.
Happened to my 88 on the racetrack a year ago. Everyone following me thought I was a madman on the circuit....
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