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How do I replace the brake pedal switch that controls the

Customer Question

How do I replace the brake pedal switch that controls the Cruise control? What do I have to move...etc?!!
JA: Have you checked the fuse? What size is your engine?
Customer: Where is the fuse localed?
JA: What is the model/year of your Mazda?
Customer: 2001 Madza MVP
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I have been looking for several months...This switch gets the most wear every time the car is stopped and slowed! Most used in the system!
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: How do I bend my body to fit the space between the front seat and the switch? Thanks again!
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Dan replied 9 months ago.

Hello my name is***** am an ASE Master Technician and I am glad to help you out with your question.

Expert:  Dan replied 9 months ago.

brake switch


  1. Released pedal height is measured from carpet surface, on vertical portion of firewall, to pedal pad center. Disconnect stoplight switch electrical connector. Loosen lock nut on stoplight switch. Rotate switch away from pedal. Loosen push rod lock nut. Rotate push rod until correct pedal height is as specified. See BRAKE PEDAL HEIGHT SPECIFICATIONS table.
  2. Adjust pedal free play. See BRAKE PEDAL FREE PLAY under ADJUSTMENTS. Tighten push rod lock nut. Tighten push rod lock nut to 18-25 ft. lbs. (24-34 N.m).
  3. Rotate stoplight switch until it contacts pedal, then rotate an additional 1/2 turn. Tighten stoplight switch lock nut to 10-13 ft. lbs. (14-18 N.m). Reconnect stoplight switch electrical connector.
  4. Applied pedal height is measured from angled portion of firewall (without carpet) to pedal pad center. Start engine. Depress brake pedal with 132 lbs. (60 kg) pressure.
  5. Measure applied pedal height. See BRAKE PEDAL HEIGHT SPECIFICATIONS table. If distance is not as specified, check for air in system, faulty rear brake adjustment, or worn shoes or pads.


ApplicationIn. (mm)

Pedal Released8.27 (210)

Pedal Applied (1)4.45 (113)

(1) Minimum height.


Disconnect appropriate switch harness connector. Loosen switch adjusting nuts. Back switch out until it does not contact brake pedal. Turn switch in until clearance between switch housing and pedal stopper is .004-.039" (.10-1.00 mm). Tighten adjusting nuts. Connect switch harness connector.

Expert:  Dan replied 9 months ago.

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