From: M.M. on 28 Feb 2010 16:24
1990 Toyota Corolla...the brake lights were stuck on, running down the
battery. The plastic thingie that snaps into the brake pedal arm that
pushes in the switch plunger has disintegrated. What is the name of the
part? I assume it's a dealer item...any chance they'd have it for a car
that old? If not, any ideas/suggestions for a fix? Seems like a stupid
design to me.
From: hls on 28 Feb 2010 17:46
"M.M." <nobody(a)nowhere.com> wrote in message
> 1990 Toyota Corolla...the brake lights were stuck on, running down the
> battery. The plastic thingie that snaps into the brake pedal arm that
> pushes in the switch plunger has disintegrated. What is the name of the
> part? I assume it's a dealer item...any chance they'd have it for a car
> that old? If not, any ideas/suggestions for a fix? Seems like a stupid
> design to me.
I dont know what they call it but you are right that it would be
a dealer item. I am relatively certain they can access it for you.
Pick-A-Part, or similar wrecking yards, are also good sources of
If push comes to shove, you can fabricate (saw, file, Dremel, whatever)
many seemingly hopeless parts.
From: CWLee on 28 Feb 2010 23:45
"M.M." <nobody(a)nowhere.com> wrote:
> ... But there's a little plastic grommet like thing that
> snaps into a hole in the brake pedal arm that the switch
> plunger is supposed to contact when the pedal retracts.
> Without it, the plunger doesn't contact anything, it just
> sticks thru the hole where the grommet is supposed to be
> and so never shuts off. ...
As I picture what you have described, it sounds like a
suitably sized nut and bolt, perhaps with a washer or two,
would do the job. Try it first with it wrench tight; if it
works fine for a day or two then add some Loc-tite to secure
The damned thing just
> disintegrated and so now the brake lights don't turn off
> and the battery runs down, neither of which is desirable.
> I hope I can get a replacement grommet thingie but if not
> I'll have to rig something to fill the hole so it'll
> actuate the switch. It just doesn't seem like something
> that had to be there...why can't it just contact the pedal
> arm? And it's not exactly an easy thing to access. Oh
> well, if it was easy it wouldn't be as much fun...
From: Paul Hovnanian P.E. on 1 Mar 2010 20:25
Its a Toyota. They probably figured you wouldn't be using those brakes
Paul Hovnanian mailto:Paul(a)Hovnanian.com
The large print giveth and the small print taketh away.
-- Tom Waits
From: hls on 1 Mar 2010 21:33
"Tegger" <invalid(a)invalid.inv> wrote in message
> The part you mention is readily available at your local Toyota dealer, and
> costs about two dollars. I think it's called a "brake-light-switch
> If in really serious doubt, the parts man can show you the diagram on the
> parts computer, and you can point at the part with your finger.
There you go, M.M. The answer in a nutshell.
Dont invent if you can repair with factory parts for a couple of bucks.