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.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.
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.Haven't posted in forever.. I still have my ZX2, with over 217k miles now..
Last week or so, my brake lights got stuck on. Even when I turned the headlights and the car on and off. I unplugged the battery for now.
I called and asked a mechanic. They told me it is probably the brake light switch and it would be under $100 to replace. I looked up the part online and found it for $30-40, so I'm wondering if I can switch it out myself. I once replaced a reverse light switch on my 3000gt and it wasn't hard: unplug the connector and unscrew the switch, replace and reconnect- but I don't know where the brake light switch is on my zx2. If anyone has some directions or photos to help out, please let me know.
I did even better I used a neodymium magnet that I'd bought for something like 20 for a dollar and spent 30 seconds installing it. I stuck it directly to the metal years ago without anything holding it in place except the magnetic field. My guess is it's been there for 10 years or more and has never moved. I've heard of people epoxying a couple pennies together and using them. Some people just don't know how to think outside the box. Sometimes thinking outside the box will get you a better fix than the way it was designed originally. This is one of those times.Discovered my '99 escort had this prob yest eve, pulled 'stop' fuse (top left in underdash panel) overnight. Found this thread last eve. Discovered this morn that shifter will not move out of park without fuse in place! Looking on floor I found the broken plastic pieces this thread speaks of...
Unlike one here who would rather spend 5$ 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'.
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Actually the price at the dealer was almost the same. They were cheap and in stock so I grabbed two of them. But the Gorilla tape is holding the old one in place just fine so these are now spares...The same thing happened to me and my 99 Escort.
I typed in "Escort brake light stuck on" in DuckDuckGo and it sent me to this thread. Got home from work, looked on the carpet on the driver's side and there was a 21 year old blue stopper in two pieces on the floor.
Called around and found one local. $2.80 +tax.
I shudder to think what a dealer would charge.