Fix The Brake Lights Stuck On (Or Broken Cruise Control) on a Honda or Acura

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Cruise control no longer working in your Honda vehicle? Brake lights stuck on? The fix may be surprisingly simple - all you need is $5, a tiny part and a few minutes.

  • Brake/Clutch pedal switch bumper stop pad - You can buy a generic assortment from an auto parts store or pick up the OEM Honda one (Honda Part No. 46505-SA5-000). These should set you back about $5.

There are a few potential symptoms - You may find your brake lights are stuck on (even with the key removed and the ignition off). It's possible you might find your car dead if the stuck brake lights went unnoticed and drained your battery.

You may also notice your cruise control no longer functions (possibly without any warning lights on your dash).

Find the broken stop pad


Unless you've cleaned your car recently look on the driver's side floor for a tiny broken pad, about the size of a penny. I included a picture of mine below.

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Here you can see the old pad and new pad side by side:

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Determine where the new stop pad sits


Get down low and look up at the pedals. You'll see a gap where a switch almost comes in contact with a small circular opening. This is where the stop pad is supposed to be.

My car is a manual and it was the clutch stop pad that broke. You can see the missing clutch stop pad along with the present brake stop pad.

If your pad(s) are still in place, make sure they're seated correctly. You may have a broken switch instead.


Install the new stop pad


Press down on the brake or clutch pedal (probably with your hand depending on how much room you have) to move the pedal away from the switch. If you're replacing the pad for the brake and you can't move it enough you may need to turn the car on first. With the car on the brake pedal should depress farther.


Now push the pad into the opening then release the pedal. If you're having difficulty fitting it in the opening the pressure on the pad should pop it into place once you release the pedal.


The new pad should snap into place

Give it a test


Check your brake lights or give the car a spin and engage the cruise control.

Honda Part No. 46505-SA5-000

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