Today was pretty long. I borrowed a friend’s trailer to go pick up a desk. Some time after getting home, I looked outside and saw tail lights in the driveway… My taillights? Sure enough, the Civic’s brake lights were stuck on, even with the key removed from the ignition. I spent a little while frantic, thinking that the trailer harness had shorted and was holding the lights illuminated. A friend quickly set me straight that the brake pedal switch was probably broken, and sure enough the little plastic bumper for the switch was busted and on the floor of the car.
I took one of those little plastic bolts used for trim panel, and jammed it where the bumper used to go. That seems to have fixed it for now, but the battery needs to charge before I can start the car again