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Old 08-30-2017, 08:20 PM   #1
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Brake Lights

I have a 59 that the brake lights dont shut off unless I hook my toe under the brake pedal and pull it up towards me... I see there is no spring to pull the brake pedal back in position, it looks like a cylinder that activates the drum brakes and there is a grease zerk where the arms meets... do I need to shoot a little grease in there or is there something else going on??
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:38 PM   #2
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Re: Brake Lights

by all means ..never hurts to grease it..but it may be as simple as adjusting your brake light switch
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:42 PM   #3
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Re: Brake Lights

Grease it and replace the spring that pulls the pedal home.
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:06 AM   #4
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Re: Brake Lights

Yep exactly as Foot Stomper suggested Grease it where it needs greased and put the spring that HAS to be there on it. No spring also lets the weigh of the pedal assembly push against the piston on the master cylinder causing extra drag on the brakes.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:35 PM   #5
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Re: Brake Lights

I appreciate the replies...with company for the holiday weekend, I was just able to look at it.... I see no spring or a place where one would even connect...... what am I missing?
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:41 PM   #6
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Re: Brake Lights

Looks like the spring is there, maybe you just need the grease.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:53 PM   #7
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Re: Brake Lights

I see the spring is in position too.
What I also see is what looks like a black wire/cable that to me seems to be pinched between the firewall and the brake light switch under the brake pedal arm. This would make the brake light switch stay on and with a toe hook of the pedal may pinch it enough for the brake lights to go off.

Move that wire out of the way and see if your brake light switch operates as it should. If it does, you've found your problem, then all you need to do is position that nuisance wire so that it doesn't interfere again.
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Old 09-05-2017, 02:56 PM   #8
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Re: Brake Lights

Is the speedometer cable interfering with the brake light switch? I had an issue with my brake lights staying on, I put a piece of rubber hose on the switch arm to shim it.
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:00 PM   #9
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Re: Brake Lights

I was seeing a spring in the last pic as well and went off on google looking for a assembly drawing...came back and looks like you have the answer...its there
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Old 09-05-2017, 03:31 PM   #10
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Re: Brake Lights

Good photos and some good eyes work.
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:58 PM   #11
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Re: Brake Lights

That's great advice on adding the hose to the arm Second Series !! I have same issue - and even loaded spring with more tension. Not sure if aftermarket spring was causing problem being too weak. Also with new carpet - was tight around pedal shaft - stretched that a little too. Will try the hose on arm trick tomorrow !! Thanks !!

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