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After replacing bulb brake light still doesm't work help?

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  • inxs2xtreme Mar 12, 2009

    one side works but the other does not

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The brake switch on the pedal could be bad.

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  • robert pergola Mar 13, 2009

    check voltage to the side that does not work. look for a ground problem

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