GM Chevy Malibu - Brake Lights On With Brake Pedal Off / Up - Brake Lights Turn Off When Push Pedal Down / On

My brother and I just worked on a problem on our friend's 2006 Chevy Malibu. Apparently the brake lights would immediately turn on or light up when the car was started. Then the brake lights would turn off when
the brake pedal was pushed down. So the brake pedal and lights were working "backwards".
Other symptoms were the cruise control not being able to be engaged or disengaging unexpectedly. Also the shifter was sometimes hard to shift out of Park into Reverse or Drive without pushing really hard on the brake pedal or turning the car off and on again.
It was a relatively easy fix and we took pictures of the process to help out any other owners with the same problem. Other GM vehicles besides the 2004-2007 Malibu that may have the same issue are the Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura.
Here's the gallery - http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/GM-Chevrolet-Malibu-Brake-Pedal-Off-Tail-Lights-On-Repair-Guide
I hope someone finds it to be useful.
Cheers, Paul
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On 3/1/2011 10:05 PM, Paul Michaels wrote:

Typically bad grounds... The pictures, without explanation, tell one nothing other than you unplugged a connector and replugged it in.
Without an explanation of the problem's solution, no one will find it terribly useful.
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On Tue, 1 Mar 2011 19:05:17 -0800 (PST), Paul Michaels

Well, if I get a Malibu and have a similar problem, it'll surely help. Thanks.
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http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/GM-Chevrolet-Malibu-Brake-Pedal-Off-Tail-Lights-On-Repair-Guide
Good job, and thanks.
Usually when something like this is published, there is a lot of "static" about the use of lubricants on terminals like this: - A dielectric grease does NOT conduct electricity.. A conductive grease can. You normally use conductive greases in special applications where electrical charges need to be leaked off across a bearing or some other surface. - In this case, it doesnt make too much difference which sort of grease you apply...its application is to keep oxygen or other oxidizing agent away from the terminal, and to inhibit fretting of the metal surfaces.
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