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2005 Hyundai Elantra GT - Brake light switch?

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Jun 13, 2016, 7:07 PM

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I have a 2005 Elantra hatchback and some time last week the brake lights decided to stop shutting off with the car. We decided to hold off on taking it in since this month is a little tight and have just been unhooking the battery with every trip. I know little/nothing about car repair and I'm afraid I won't be able to afford it from a shop. When taking in a friend's car, I asked the Meineke guy and he said it was probably the brake light switch and he'd have to run a diagnostic ($$$) and blah blah blah ($$$$$). Gah... how long can I keep doing this unhooking routine... will it do any sort of damage or can I hold off for a few more weeks? How difficult is it to repair a brake light switch? How expensive would it be to have it done? Is there a reliable freelance mechanic site that I could commission a hobbyist to take a look (like craiglist? Is that sketchy?)? Any advice?

I'm so unprepared for this kind of thing, just freshly out on my own in a new state. Any help would be appreciated!

(This post was edited by SkyCrystal on Jun 13, 2016, 7:09 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 14, 2016, 2:53 AM

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Near all are a switch that is above pedal on metal to body to make a connection and disconnect the connection. First diagnosis you should be able to do. Look up metal of brake pedal for a wired switch that a plunger is touching or pushing in when not touching brake pedal and extends out when pedal is pushed - simple look could tell.

Many adjustable. Matters if a switch if this has cruise control or not and either looks similar to this...........

To the left is the button when OUT lights on, pushed in by hand even light should shut off. Shouldn't take any tools for a look to see it at least,

PS: Out of your area if concerned who or where a motor club should list cooperating shops. Most - money back for your membership if not pleased - join one..........

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Jun 14, 2016, 5:58 AM

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I doubt the switch itself is the problem. Most likely the rubber bumper that it lands against has fallen off.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Jun 14, 2016, 6:21 AM

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Yes! HT - I don't know which model(s) were known for just that. OP - needs to plain see what's going on first IMO. Some of these if a pedal is pulled UP by hand or foot for some odd reason the adjustment can be lost or part not line up to do it's thing. If you can't see it at all things have to be removed should be easy at risk of probably plastic push buttons that don't work twice well.

Try - it may not be difficult at all,


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Jun 14, 2016, 7:17 AM

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Hyundai/Accent 2005-2007

Hyundai/Azera 2005-2007

Hyundai/Elantra 2005-2007

Hyundai/Sonata 2005-2007

Hyundai/Tucson 2005-2007

MANUFACTURER: Hyundai Caribbean-Puerto Rico

MFR'S REPORT DATE: July 15, 2009





Hyundai is recalling 3,011 model year 2005-2007 Elantra, Tucson, Sonata, Azera and Accent vehicles. A malfunctioning stop lamp switch may cause the brake lights to fail to illuminate when the brake pedal is depressed or may cause the brake lights to remain illuminated when the brake pedal is released. A defective stop lamp switch may also affect the operation of the brake-transmission shift interlock feature so the transmission would not be able to be shift out of the "PARK" position. It may also cause the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) malfunction light to illuminate, and it may not deactivate the cruise control when the brake pedal is depressed.

Any of these malfunctions could lead to a crash.

Dealers will replace the stop lamp switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during August 2009. Owners may contact Hyundai of Puerto Rico customer service at 787-999-4310.

Hyundai of Puerto Rico recall No. 91B026. Owners may also contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

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Jun 14, 2016, 3:13 PM

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Thank you so much! This is so helpful

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