Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can't start the car

asked by on

I can't start the car because when I push the break to start it the screen showing that the breaks aren't bushed yet..... my mechanic told me that the sensors which responsible for starting the car are lost ... my question is what is the international name of these parts ??

My car has 40000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: There is a sensor mounted to the brake peda...

There is a sensor mounted to the brake pedal assembly called a stop lamp switch, or brake lamp switch. It is mounted to the bracket that holds the brake pedal assembly to the firewall. There will be a three wire electrical connector that serves a couple of purposes. It signals for the taillights to come on when the brakes are pressed, plus it tells the computer that the brakes are pressed and that it is safe to start the vehicle. It is possible that when the sensor fails, the computer thinks that the brake pedal is not pressed, and therefore, does not allow the starting system to function, and possibly not shift out of the park position. If you need help with the replacement, or would like to have it diagnosed before replacement, YourMechanic has trained mechanics that can come to your home, or place of business, and perform the diagnosis and repairs for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How much does it cost to replace the coolant lines and the upper/lower oil pan gasket?

Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the coolant hoses by the turbo and the engine oil pan gasket.

Q: 2008 Chevy Malibu with 3.6 liter Noah buzzing noise coming from the ECM and no power going to the inside fuse box.

Hi there. Check the battery and see if there is power and a voltage of 12.6. If the battery is dead, then either charge the battery or replace the battery with a fully charged battery. If the battery is fully...

Q: My engine is about to kill itself.

If the vehicle transmission has entered limp mode and the engine is really misfiring, these faults have to be diagnosed separately. The engine misfiring should be dealt with first. Typically, the engine is scoped to look at secondary firing patterns...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.