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My 1993 thunderbird the brake lights only work if i push the brake pedal far enough down how do i fix that

The lights work and all fuses are ok and I changed the brake switch do i just need to ajust it

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Yes, it needs adjusting so the switch button pops out as soon as brake pedal is pressed just a little.

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