MAZDA Service 101: Braking Problems
If something is up with your car, it’s important to take care of it quickly. This is especially true when it comes to safety components like your brakes. If your brake lights won’t turn off, chances are good that it’s related to one of these issues.
The Brake Light Switch Has Gone Bad
Attached to the brake pedal, the brake light switch can become faulty. When this happens, the brake lights will always be on. A bad switch may also be the culprit if the brake lights don’t work at all, or if the cruise control is acting up.
The Brake Pedal Is Stuck
When you take your foot off the brake pedal, it should return to its default position. If it doesn’t do this completely, the brake lights will stay on. Generally, this is caused by dirt or debris in the pedal assembly, or by corroded parts.
The Striker Has Worn Out
The job of the striker is to disengage the brake light switch when the pedal stops being pressed. Over time, this can wear out or break. It can also move, and when this happens it has to be repositioned.
There Are Wiring Problems
If none of the above issues are found to be the cause of your car troubles, it could be due to bad wiring. In this case, your brake system will have to be tested and then replaced if necessary.
Have Your Brakes Examined by the Experts at El Dorado MAZDA
While mostly an annoyance, brake lights that are always on could indicate an underlying issue that can end up affecting the entire system. To have your brakes inspected, you can make an appointment with the service center at El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, TX. Our technicians will diagnose the problem and come up with the best solution for you.