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My brake lights do not work. I replaced the fuse, stepped on the brake pedal and the lights worked.. ONCE... then would not work again. Each time I take out and replace the fuse, the brake lights work once. Any ideas?

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  • johnfmiller May 21, 2009

    No, but I traced it down to the tail light switch. 4 hours later, I replaced the switch and it is fixed.

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Does the fuse blow everytime?

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