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Brake lights not working! Its not the bulbs and not the brake light switch and not a fuse!

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How sure are you its not the switch. they have been know to be bad, fairly out of the box.

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There's a recall on your issue. Take it to the dealership.
You likely have a defective brake light switch.

http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/volkswagen/jetta.htm

NEWS: Volkswagen recalls nearly 800,000 cars
Defective brake lights on Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle and R32 are a potential safety hazard and should be replaced. February 26, 2007 - NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Around 800,000 Volkswagen vehicles have been recalled Monday because of faulty brake lights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
The 790,000 vehicles include Jettas, New Beetles, Golfs, GTIs and R32s...all in the United States.
The specific years and models affected are:

  • 1999-2005 Jetta sedans
  • 2001-2005 Jetta wagons
  • 1998-2007 New Beetle
  • 2003-2007 New Beetle Convertibles
  • 1999-2006 Golfs and GTIs
  • 2004 R32
The malfunctioning brake lights and brake light switches could fail to come on or remain stuck on.
This recall expands on one announced by Europe's No. 1 carmaker last year, when 362,000 Jettas and New Beetles were recalled due to the same defective part.


Volkswagen said that dealers will immediately be prepared to accept service appointments to perform the repair at no charge, but the notification process isn't scheduled to begin until April.


NHTSA did not say if any injuries had been reported linked to the defective brake lights.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008

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Yes, check the fuses. It should tell you which it is on the fuse box cover. Or you could just pull all the fuses out. Also you may have a loose earth connection.

Posted on Apr 30, 2009

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SOURCE: brakelight failure

pull out the fuses one by one, look inside the fuse. if the metal conductor that is inside the plastic part then that fuse is bad

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SOURCE: I have a 2001 VW Passat sedan, and my tail lights

check the bulbs ofcourse but also check the wiring harness at the conectors

Posted on Jan 06, 2010

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(American Car) All Brake Lights Not Working
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