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Old 19-12-2012   #1
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brake light switch re calibration

Is it quite straight forward to re-calibrate the brake light switch? my brake lights are on all the time so got all the associated problems (throttle response ruined, no cruise control).

This all started after an emergency stop and my foot slipped off the pedal so im presuming it jumped up past its rest point and altered the switch position.

I take it its a case of depressing the pedal, pull out the plunger on the switch, then release the brake pedal slowly to where it naturally rests?
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

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I take it its a case of depressing the pedal, pull out the plunger on the switch, then release the brake pedal slowly to where it naturally rests?
I'd have thought so

Assuming the switch is the driver side, and not passenger side as per the Panda etc
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

it's on the drivers side, it's easier to access than the stilo but is harder than the stilo to set. got it sorted though. car back to normal now, was getting ESP problems, hill holder failure and cruise control not responding however that's all gone now
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

I had to replace my switch recently as the brake lights were sticking on after pressing down on the pedal. Took me a few weeks to get over the neck injury from stretching in to see what I was doing!
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

The brake switch is not that hard to remove/reset/replace.

It's just a matter of turnig the switch, and unpluging the connector ( the connector was the most dificult part if you ask me)
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

it was just getting pliers in the space to reset the switch that was awkward.

I did nearly give up and just stick stuff on top of the switch lever on the pedal
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

Cant believe i missed this thread.
This used to happen to me constantly!
Its way easier to remove the switch, fingers up turn 45 and click out pliers to pull the ratchet out, then hold pedal to floor refit and let it back slowly, it got to the point where i could reset it in TESCO car park in 40 seconds.

This fault is caused by your shoe getting stuck on the pedal when you raise the brake back up.If you lift the brake pedal by not much at all it will throw this fault.

My dealership sent me a new switch out under warranty i changed it and it's not gone since.

But nothing worse than driving over 30mph, then "BEEP" ESP disconnected,Hill hold fail,ABS fail,
pull over reset, drive on.
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Re: brake light switch re calibration

my foot slipped off the pedal, im presuming mine pinged back past where it should have gone to and did the switch
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