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    Hello Everyone, I have had a problem with the brake lights staying on whilst driving. They sometimes flicker but more often than not they are constantly on. Narrowed the problem down to the brake light switch underneath the brake pedal. I know this because when I tap the switch the brake lights go off. My questions are, how do you remove the switch? it does'nt seem to just pull out , also a part number would be good if anyone knows. Thanks for any help.

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    Back to the drawing board !! I replaced the brake switch but the brake lights are still on constantly. Must be a short somewhere. If anybody has had the same problem could they let me know how they fixed. Many thanks.

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    Have you checked the brake pad wear sensor? Quite common for the lead or sensor to get damaged, especially when changing the pads. Might also mean the pads are worn. Easy to change and they are only around £10 from a dealer.

    Edit: Should be on the near-side front wheel, lead comes from the caliper and up to a bracket/connector on the strut.

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    Thanks Spikey but would the brake pad wear sensor cause the brake lights to be constantly on. To clarify, I dont mean the warning light on the dash, I mean the actual brake lights.

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    D'oh! Sorry dude, read it as the light on the dash

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    Thats ok mate, thanks anyway.

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    Probably talking out of my ****, but I thought I recall that if the fuse blew the lights would be on permenantly, worth checking as it only costs you 5 minutes

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    I had exactly the same thing about 2 weeks ago. The brake lights were stuck on and actually ran the battery down over night, thus i had to phone the RAC. They couldn'nt find a fault with the brake pedal switch and couln'nt help any further, so i took i down to local vx and left it with them.
    The result was that it was a faulty ecu for the rear lights. The box was replaced and so far has worked fine.
    Hope this helps, if you have'nt already sorted the problem.

    Cheers

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    Jolly, my local VX dealer said it was the fusebox needed replacing £235. How much did yours cost to fix. cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mowster View Post
    Jolly, my local VX dealer said it was the fusebox needed replacing £235. How much did yours cost to fix. cheers.
    Ouch! That´s an expensive fuse box! Did the VX people told you what exactly was wrong with it?
    The only wrong thing that I can imagine in a fuse box is that the electrical connection prior the fuses are loose...maybe it´s just a matter of re soldering that bad electrical connections or something.....unless its some sort of sealed unit or such.

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