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post #1 of 11 Old 08-27-2011, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
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'97 Corolla brake lights stay on

Noticed yesterday that my brake lights were staying on, had to pull the fuse to turn them off. I also found this on the floor under the brake pedal.




I'm guessing it's some type of stopper ??? Cause of the problem???

Are they readily available and easy to replace?
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Crawl under the dash and find out what happened. Usually the brake light stays on when the switch comes loose. I cant tell what it is in your pic.

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Well I got it fixed.

I took the pieces to Toyota and the parts guy immediately knew what it was - it's called a brake light switch "cushion", P/N 90541-06036 - cost was $1.93 out the door.

After removing the lower section of the dashboard, the front seat and, playing contortionist for an hour and a lot of I finally got it in, but... at 6'5" and 263 lbs it wasn't an easy task.

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So you fixed the problem now?

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So you fixed the problem now?
Yes sir, fixed.

The plunger on the brake light switch rests against the "cushion" keeping the switch in the off position. Without the cushion in place, the plunger protrudes into the mounting hole for the "cushion" allowing the switches contacts to close, thus keeping the brake lights on.

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I am pretty sure I am in the situation you once were.
Help me out here like how can I fix it by my self and specially with how to remove the panel under the steering wheel and what tools would I need to do so.
I'll be greatful.
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Basically this is what the switch looks like. This picture is from a ~2001 Maxima my brother had with the same issue. If you can't find the correct stop, a bolt/nut/washer combo will also work. The part in the green circle is where the stop should go. This switch is located high up along the brake pedal. (I assume it's the same on the Corolla)




If you need to remove the driver's side lower dash.

DIY Driverside Lower Dash Removal

If you need to remove the seat.

DIY: How to remove the front seats
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I had that happen on my old '90 Corolla. I was able to install the new one without taking anything apart. I did it right in the dealer's lot, immediately after getting the new piece.

I've never looked at it on my '93, but I'd imagine that it can't be too difficult to install. It simply gets pushed into place, and you're done.

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Yeah, I never had to remove anything when making this fix to my brother's Maxima, or a neighbor's Honda. (I just used spare hardware since it will never break) Then again, I'm fairly flexible and am not a big guy. The OP said he was 6'5" and 263lbs so he had to remove stuff. Once someone knows where to look and how to fix it, it should take only a few seconds, maybe minutes to fix.
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Wow, for that size person, i'm surprised he didn't have to remove the front seat to get under the dash! Good job on the repair!
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The OP did have to remove the front seat and the lower dash to get to it.
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