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93 lantis brake lights.

My daughters lantis brake lights are no go. I have checked Fuse switch and bulbs, all ok I cannot detect voltage to the switc, The fuse checks out ok, but has 12v to BOTH sides of the fuse holder (with the fuse removed) any suggestions Cheers Doug

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It could be the brake light switch that is bad. that is located under the dash behind the pedal, the pedal presses the switch and turns the brake lights on.

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