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Both brake lights out--don't know for how long

I first checked what I believe to be the fuse, which looks ok. Trying to figure out which is the brake light, it appears to be the same bulb as the plain old rear light (which goes on when headlights are turned on) which works fine--looks as if it has two sets of filaments. Is this correct? Both sets also look ok.
Does this mean it's absolutely a wiring problem (oy!)? Why would there be a different fuse for the brake light when it's in the same socket as the rear light?

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  • pattybee34 Mar 14, 2009

    I ordered and am picking up today the new brake light switch. I am not sure I have seen the position of the existing one--if I have, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get it off, but we'll see. Will report with either my success or failure .


    Thanks, however, for giving me hope that the problem can be solved without having to take it to a shop. 

  • pattybee34 Mar 15, 2009

    I got the new brake light switch installed and was almost giddy with that victory--then, I discovered the brake lights still don't come on. 


    I would like to add that the overhead brake light DOES come on, but the left bulb doesn't work. I have no idea if this has anything to do with the overall problem--someone suggested this is a safety thing--that the system is designed so the overhead will still come on even if the brake lights fail.


    So, is my next step to take it in? I am sooo depressed.

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If they were not wired seperate you would be driving around with your break lights on all the time, yes there are 2 filaments the one that sticks out further than the other is the break light. Your problem is most likely the break light switch, most break light switches are located under dash around the steering colume, it works off the break peddel arm, looks like a little plunger with an electrical plug going to it.

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The brake lights work off a different circuit than the tail lights do, that's why there is a seperate fuse.Check the brake light switch, which is under the dash near the top of the brake pedal on the back side of it, it might be stuck in.

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