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Brake Lights Dont Work

My brake lights on the back of the van do not work. Well, one works, the one in the back but on top (the long one). I had a friend put all new fuses in. Put all new bulbs. He checked for bare wires, corrosion, anything that didnt look good. Everything was fine, all intact, no nothing back there. Wondering what the problem might be. The shop wont give me a price cause they need to take it in and look around. Just wondering if it was something I could do and not spend all my money at the shop.

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  • John Lightfoot Mar 13, 2009

    Im pretty sure its not the brake light switch because as I stated in the problem, one of the brake lights in the back (the one that runs across the top) works. From my understanding (correct me if Im wrong), a problem with the brake light switch means all or none. But in this case, only one is working.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the top or third brake light is on a different circuit than the two other lights on the left and right, I have researched this problem and it seems this is caused by a defective mulitifunction switch, also known as the turn signal switch, seems to bea real problem with this switch.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    no there is nothing to do but spend the money.



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I have had the same problem on our van. The plastic housing that the bulbs snap into for some reason overheat and melt a bit. Then the connection wires on the new bulbs do not make contact to the socket. So, if your bulbs are good and still not coming on then this is likely the problem. You should be able to see melting around the contact wire in the housing. I just use a tooth pick or something small to jamb in behing it so the wire will make contact again.

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