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Brake lights come on with headlights. 97 Jetta GL

Brake lights work ok with headlights off, but they come on and stay on when the headlights are turned on.

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  • bruce645 Dec 23, 2009

    Probably somebody put the wrong type bulb in the taillight. I just had a similar problem. It usually is a dual filament bulb, with two solder "contacts" on the base. If a single filament bulb was put in it's place then the single center solder contact shorts out the two socket connectors.



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Most likely bad turn signal switch

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