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Replacing brake light switch

I'm sure it's been discussed before, but I have searched several times and can't find any information.
I have a 1998 Frontier 4WD, manual steering. The other day while the car was parked, I noticed the brake lights were on. The only way I got them off was to pull the fuse. Took it to a garage, and the mechanic said it was the switch. Wanted $36.00 just for the switch, not including labor. I found the switch at Auto Zone for $6.00, and it was supposed to be a walk in the park to install according to everyone. I removed the two bolts holding the bracket covering the switch, and it didn't move. Some folks actually said is would drop down when the bolts were removed. Then I noticed thebracket was spot welded to the steering column. There seems to be some type of hinge pin on each side, but after much spraying and pounding there was no movement at all. Can anyone help at all with this? Getting tired of pulling the fuse in and out, and also getting dizzy hanging upside down for long periods of time.
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Problem solved

After 2 weeks, I went to ask dot com and paid $9 for a Nissan certified tech. to help me out. Seems like the bracket doesn't have to be touched or moved after all. It's a tight squeeze, but all you have to do is reach over the bracket and put a stubby wrench on the bolt, loosen it a bit, remove the connector, then unscrew the old switch and screw in the new one. Screw it all the way in until the switch is depressed, then back it off 1/2 a turn and tighten the lockwasher. Attach the connecter, and you should be good to go.
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I know this is resurrecting an ancient thread, but I think it needs a little clarification, and this is one of the first results in Google when I was trying to do this myself and ran into trouble.

The lock washer is on the plug side of switch, not the brake pedal side. It is also removable with a normal length 14 mm wrench, although not easily, but you probably don't need to buy a stubby if you don't already have one.

If you can't seem to thread the switch in to the point that the brake lights turn off with your fingers, it can be turned with a 3/4" wrench - gently!

Also, if your brake lights stay on, the problem is likely an adjustment issue. I discovered this on my 2000 Frontier. It had been in proper adjustment for 16 years until yesterday, a few days after its 16th birthday! However, I removed the switch, and used my finger to push the button. It works fine. Try screwing the switch in a turn or so before replacing it, and save yourself $10-15, and a minor headache.
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And the "stop" pad on the pedal can wear or break so it doesn't push down the switch lever.

'98 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, white regular cab, purchased in 2004 with 100K on it for the kids to drive, now it's back with us, 214K. 2004 King Cab 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, electric blue purchased in Dec. 2011 at 89K. Also 1988 Mazda B2200 Cab Plus truck (since 1994, 212K), 2WD, 4-cylinder, 5-speed, great truck. And 1971 VW Convertible (mine since 1976) and 1970 VW (mine since 1972).
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