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1988 Toyota Camry LE brake lights are out

My brake lights do not work at all with headlights on or off. The tail lights do work fine and so do backup lights. I replaced bulbs and checked fuses but I dont have the diagram so I am not sure on that yet. I tried to find the brakelight switch but it looks complex to replace if I even found it because there is no switch. Any thoughts?

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The brake light switch is located above the brake pedal. This is most likely the problem. Try this: remoev the connector from the switch, and jump across the termials with a paper clip. Do the brake lights now come on? If so, replace the switch. Changing the switch is not hard.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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    JG1977 Jul 21, 2011

    when you say "jump across the terminals with a paper clip", can you be more specific?
    thank you

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There is a light fault indicator box located in your trunk near your antenna motor behind the cloth on the left side of the trunk. Replace that and you will most likely be fine. Same thing happened to me

Posted on Mar 30, 2014

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    Jesse Huff Mar 30, 2014

    its called a lamp failure sensor and it is a bright yellow color

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    Jesse Huff Mar 30, 2014

    Here is a picture

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