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Brake Lights Stuck On

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by ferretgirl, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. ZZaloudek

    ZZaloudek New Member

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    Just wanted to throw out a giant THANKS for this thread! This happened in my 2002 ZX2. Thanks to the advice here, I bought a new bumper from my local Ford dealer and had it fixed before the end of the day.
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    I too want to thank Pasadena for the tip and video. Some little problems can cause a car owner to waste time and money because they don't know the simple fix. I had this problem of my brake lites staying on (1997 ZX2). Luckily, it first occurred when I was on my way to an auto parts store for something unrelated. The clerk showed me what the cause was, and I slid a folded matchbook cover into the space until I got home and cut a small piece off a fridge magnet (instead of glueing something in place). Then I found the original little disc, broken, on the floor. I hope this video explanation helps many drivers save money, as those little plastic discs will wear out and break off.
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    I have a 2003 zx2. Had the same problem. I used super glue and a nickel. The nickel is cheaper than the actual cost of the part.
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    Well, the bumper for my brake light switch finally went out. Thankfully found this thread and verified the culprit for myself. noticed my switch had a bit of thread left and really saw no need for the bumper. I simply adjusted the position of the switch to offset the bumper thickness. To make the adjustment: unplug the connector, loosen the lock nut, twist the switch clockwise a few turns. Hope this helps someone.
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  6. zzyzzx

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    That part is pretty expensive for what it is.
  7. Joey_Twowagons

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    Hi Sherwin, I see you've just joined, but you're doing great! You've already got 163 Trophy Points, whatever those are.
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    Same issues with my 02 ZX2 5 spd. E7GZ-7583-A Is the correct Ford parts number. I tried the both the sets available from the local parts stores (AZ, AA, O’Reilly all had same parts, same ones on RA too) neither were a direct swap. I probably could’ve made them work but would’ve had to trim/cut them down so much to make them fit I was worried they’d fall out. The Ford parts worked perfectly. They’re about $20 for pack of 5 on Amazon, they were $5 each at my local dealer which is where I got them because I needed them quick and they were in stock.
    Also, while I was going to have my old fat butt twisted under the dash I decided to change all the switches under there I could order from RA, which meant the clutch position switch wasn’t changed. Removing the under dash trim was a big help.
    HTH, Bill
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    It is annoying to pay $5 for a part that probably costs Ford 5 cents, but is money well spent if it works properly and saves the time of making a crappy off brand part kind of fit.
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  10. sad zx2 owner

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    Mazda can sell you a pack with one rubber brake pedal stop rubber bumper if Ford says you have to buy a pack of 5 of them.
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    Got a Mazda part number?
  12. Swift

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    One time I noticed in metal frame doors of offices some nubs to silence the door upon closing. They are actually called "metal door silencers". I bought some and it wasn't a direct fit, I pushed the pointed end through the hole as far as possible the grabbed the end with pliers to pull the rest of the way through. Had them on car over 8 years now.
    Here is a link to a set
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbil...XvWrwSpdunmzy5uKvC1dKeqQ43uc-wSQaAkkMEALw_wcB
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  13. gimpel

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    Discovered my '99 escort had this prob yest eve, pulled 'stop' fuse (top left in underdash panel) overnight. Found this thread last eve. Discovered this morn that shifter will not move out of park without fuse in place! Looking on floor I found the broken plastic pieces this thread speaks of...
    Unlike one here who would rather spend 5$ which 'saves the time of making a crappy off brand part kind of fit', I prefer to use discovered or 'materials at hand' to repair better than O.E.M. (a 'cheap' plastic part which will fail).
    Here is pic of remains of Fnord's blue plastic part, and what I used to repair...
    I had on my frig several round magnets exact same size and thickness. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive carpet tape (which I actually had only paid 50cents for a 42 foot roll and trimmed the corners), stuck it to the magnet, cleaned the site on the brake pedal assy a bit with a razor knife, and put magnet in place. Job completed in a leisurely 10 min, at no cost out of pocket, and, as I like to say 'gooder than new'.
    regards...

    escort repair pic 001.JPG
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  14. FordMan59

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    I did even better I used a neodymium magnet that I'd bought for something like 20 for a dollar and spent 30 seconds installing it. I stuck it directly to the metal years ago without anything holding it in place except the magnetic field. My guess is it's been there for 10 years or more and has never moved. I've heard of people epoxying a couple pennies together and using them. Some people just don't know how to think outside the box. Sometimes thinking outside the box will get you a better fix than the way it was designed originally. This is one of those times.
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    Same thing happened to me last summer. The silicone like rubber bumper for the brake switch dries out ,cracks and falls apart. I used some super glue and some form of hard rubber. It has worked finer for over a year.
    I had this in my watch list on ebay never used it
    Ford OEM Brake / Clutch Pedal Bumper E7GZ-7583-A Factory Sold Individually
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