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1998 monte carlo brake light problems

I have a 1998 monte carlo my brake lights will not light up only the one in the window.. I have changed the brake light switch and replaced bulbs could it be wiring...HELP!!! i have aske many people and nobody can seem to tell me the problem

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  • Tijuan Wortham Jun 24, 2009

    Sometimes they work and sometimes they dont more often dont...for example if i want to turn the corner left or right i can turn the signal on and then they will work....Sorry i ment to put that in the post that i changed the turn signal switch not the brake light switch...

  • Tijuan Wortham Jun 24, 2009

    oooooh ok i got it the turn signal switch i have to try that....im thinking of the fuse looking thing right by the brake paddle

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    honeymokey May 11, 2010

    Do the tail lights light up with the flasher or turn signal? The third light in the window is on a seperate circuit. May be a faulty turn signal switch.

  • MonteMark Oct 09, 2012

    thanks ... very helpful I just checked mine n sure enough thats what it is .......

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Turn signal switch. With you foot on the brake have someone stand behind the car. Wiggle the turn signal lever and see if the the brake lights flicker.

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    Clint Smock Jun 24, 2009

    Replace the turn signal switch in the steering column.

  • James L. White Sr. Nov 18, 2011

    hell yeah buddy thanks alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • squeakyg May 07, 2012

    I bought brake light switch and than hope on my computer man thanks it was da problem

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I have a 1998 monte carlo and i think i have the answer. the problem is in the turn signal switch. there is a short or something with the wireing but when you go to brake pull the switch like your turninc on the bright lights but dont click it all the way and when you brake your tail lights should come on when you brake. you have to replace the switch or go into the steering wheel collom and tighten replace or fix whatever is the problem.

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Its the turn signal switch for sure , if you press the turn switch for or back like your going to click your highbeams on the brake lights will come on, the switch is located under the steering wheel
had the same problem becarefull of the airbag

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I have a 99' monte carlo, and I have the same problem. when i brake, the lights sometimes don't work unless i play with the lever, although the third brake light always works. when i turn my left turn signal on while my foot is on the brake, the right brake light doesn't work. i will try the turn signal switch.

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I have a 1998 Monte Carlo and I am having that problem as well. I figured out how to work it one day leaving the hospital while pregnant. Thank goodness no body ever hit me. I don't see why this is not a recall. Too many of these cars have this issue. I work at a auto part store and see it all the time. Its been over 3 years and I'm still driving it with the faulty switch. But now I'm trying to find a easy fix to sell it and don't want to put any more money into it. Any answer's??

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