quattro digest, Vol 1 #3774 - 17 msgs

Larry C Leung l.leung at juno.com
Mon Aug 5 23:33:19 EDT 2002

It's the brake light switch. They are As I Recall, Normally Closed
(i.e. without the pedal to hold the switch mechanically closed, they
are electrically "ON"). Thus, it's a simple matter of replacing the
switch. I don't recall if it's under the dash (which I think it is) or
in the intake plenum. If it's under the dash, it's a non-tool job,
look along the brake pedal stalk up under the dash until you
see a cylindrical threaded plastic device about 3 - 4 inches
long and about an inch in diameter. There will be a plunger
resting on the brake pedal strut. Just unscrew the jamb nut,
disconnect the electrical connector and replace with the new
switch. About 10 min to 30 min, depending upon your familiarity
of the underdash area, and your ability to contort like a Yoga master.



> Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 09:26:01 -0700
> From: Steven Sprague <ssprague at nmgovlaw.com>
> Organization: Nielsen Merksamer et al
> To: quattro at audifans.com
> Subject: 4k Brake light Stays on...
> I thought I'd ask the collective,
>     A qualifier, I haven't researched the archieves yet and was
> hoping to be
> pointed in the direction for this.  I don't have a Bentley and
> flying blind.  Is
> there any combination of words to find prior emails regarding this
> problem?
>     My 84 4ksq wants to keep the brake light on when the car is
> parked and off.
> I noticed it in the morning when leaving for work.  Since I was
> running late, I
> just unplugged the cluster so my battery wouldn't be dead when I get
> home.
>     Is there some switch at the pedal that has fused it self on or
> has something
> in the fues panel done something wonderful.  I'll check Huw's
> website today.  I
> did try pushing the brake pedal (like that did anything) and
> replaced the bulb.
> That's about the extent of my electrical capabilities and I am very
> tool
> challenged when it comes to electrical issues.  Or I probably
> wouldn't be
> asking.
> Any and all input would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Steve
> 84 4kq

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