In this article I digress from my main topic for a bit, but I feel it is somewhat related and could be useful information for others on the internet. I would imagine that most anyone who becomes a homeowner would likely do minor car repair themselves. Hence in this article I will demonstrate how I repaired a broken Brake Light Switch on an 93 Honda Accord.
The symptoms of the broken switch are that the brake lights stay on all the time. When the car is turned off, the brake lights are still on. This can occur because on this particluar model there is a peice of rubber that is attached to the brake pedal though a hole in the brake pedal arm. When the brake pedal is up in its normal position, the rubber plug presses agains the switch causing the brake lights to be off. If the rubber plug is missing or the brake pedal is depressed, the switch button which normally is pressed by the rubber plug extends through the hole in the brake pedal arm and the switch defaults to the on position causing the brake lights come on.
In this particular case the rubber plug had deteriorated and parts of it were found on the floorboard of the car. The mechanism was fixed with a small piece of plastic from a grocery store discount card and a piece of duct tape. Simply tape the piece of card over the hole in the brake pedal arm and the switch will once again function normally.
Here is a photo of the end result.