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How do I adjust my brake light switch for my foot brake?

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Hi Joe:
There usually isn't a lot of adjusting to do with these. They are either on or off. With hydraulic brakes, the switch is usually on the master cylinder and turns on when brake pressure is applied. On some vehicles, there is a plunger type switch attached to the pedestal that the brake pedal is attached to. Same basic idea with these........ when you step on the pedal, the switch goes to the "on" position.

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1. Remove the cover panel above the driver's side foot well...

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2. Locate old switch, push in brake pedal, and twist switch body to remove...

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