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I was driving around town this afternoon and when I parked in driveway and got out, my brake lights were still glowing. My headlights were on when I was driving but I turned them off, I even checked the switch, it was in the off position. So I thought maybe I hit the unlock button on the remote by accident, so I hit the lock button, blinkers flashed but the brake lights were still glowing. So...then I thought maybe it was the brake switch stuck, it wasn't that either, it is actually the same glow you get from the headlights being on. No other lights were on, not the headlights, parking lights, sidemarkers, not even the rear sidemarkers in the housing.What is this? I could not get them to turn off. This happened a few days ago but I got in the car and drove away anyways so it stopped and I thought nothing of it. The only way I got it to stop today was by getting in the car, starting it, and cycling through the headlight position a few times and it finally went away. Anybody else have this problem?
 
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Nah, I don't think that was a computer glitch. I'm pretty sure the headlights and taillights have nothing to do with the computer. Since it is all pretty much hardwired.

And their are two "brake" lights. Their are the ones that illuminate when you depress the brake pedal, and then the normal light that emits when you turn your headlights on for night time driving.

When you depress on the brake pedal you are also hitting a small button that controls the brake lights. I think that button may have gotten stuck, and may have come unstuck after you played around in the car a little bit to jolt it in the unstuck position.
 

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As I stated in my original post, it was not from the brakelight switch being stuck at the brake pedal. It was the dim setting they were stuck on, just like the the headlights were on. I even pumped the brakes a few times and I could see the tail lights get brighter along with the third brake light illuminating.
 

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Well, if you have automatic headlights there is definately some involvment with the computer. You can program the delay for the headlights with a procedure in the manual. The way that you program it would suggest that the computer is controlling the lighting at some level. I'm not sure if you have the automatic headlights or if it even matters.
 

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Ooops, I guess it would help if I stated what model I have lol. It's an 06 SE 4-cylinder. I do not have the automatic lights, or even fog lights. I just have the standard headlight switch if that helps.
 

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Are all of your "parking lights" on? Essentially, were your front parking lights on too?

When ever you unlock the car the parking and headlights should come on, when you lock the car your parking lights should just flash.

Have you done anything like add a remote starter or after market alarm?

It sounds like something is back feeding the lights when the switch is off. Could be a broken or bad ground (especially if any after market has been done) or a bad switch.

Is there a difference in the brightness of the lights when this happens and when the parking lights are on? If you have a multimeter check the voltage between the two.

There should be no power to the lights other then by the switch or through then the stock key-less entry/alarm.
 

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I don't have anything aftermarket on it, it is completely stock. No other lights were on, the switch was set to off. I don't have a voltmeter to check it so I can't. It hasn't done it again, next time it does I will try to take pics.
 
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