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Brakelight problem When I turn my headlights/corner marker lights on all 3 of my taillights come on, when I depress the brake pedal the license plate lights come on also. If I have the door opened and press the brake pedal I get the dinger that tells me my lights are on. I'm thinking its the stop light switch, but I'm not sure Thanks

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Your problem is not in the stop light switch.
What you have is a short circuit, or a cross-transference of power.

Your problem will be eliminated by one of the 3 following possibilities:

If you have a trailer hitch wiring harness installed, remove it completely, and see if the problem disapperars; trailer harnesses are notorious for the contacts for the trailer connection getting corroded.

If you do not have a trailer harness, look under the bed, at the wire that feeds the rear taillamp harness, unplug the connector, and look for greenish-blue corrosion inside the connector, this corrosion, if present will also give you thi scondition.

Lastly, look closely at the bulb sockets, and see if there is any corrosion where the bulb plughs in. Corrosion will "backfeed" power, and cause your condition.

One of the above will eliminate your condition.

Thnaks for choosing FixYa.

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