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Brake lights not working, but top brake light works.

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Check fuses,bulbs,may end up being a broken wire,,, if so check behind the drivers kickpanel,and under the carpet first.
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Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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We bought a 2000 Blazer in '02 and one day I noticed there were no brake lights, but the 3rd light on top worked fine. I did some research online and found out there was a recall on this problem due to the hazard switch on the column. I also found out if I wiggled the hazard switch a certain way, the brake lights worked. I was able to get by for awhile by wedging a 'widget' beside the hazard switch button and the hole in the column cover. This worked fine until someone would knock the widget out of place.
I finally got around to having the switch replaced at a local dealer. All was fine until last week when I was told the brake lights were out again and I found out my hazard lights didn't work either. I changed out the switch assembly myself this time, and once I had it out I saw what happened. The brake light voltage comes in to the assembly on a white wire, and the first contact this goes through is on the hazard switch. In my case the contact had obviously overheated from the brake light current and melted the plastic holding the contact in place, thus breaking the circuit to the brakes. Either a poor design or too much current for the circuit to handle.
Soooooo now I am in the process of replacing the four bulbs in the tail/brake light assembly with 3 watt Luxeon LED plug-in replacements. The current draw of the original bulbs was measured at 2.2 amps at 13.8 volts, times 4 bulbs makes about 8.8 amps that goes through the contact in the hazard switch whenever the brakes are stomped. The LED replacements draw .2 amp each, so times 4 will be .8 amp or less than 1/10th of the original equipment bulbs. These LED bulbs in my opinion are as bright or brighter than the original equipment and hopefully will help from burning out another switch assembly.. David

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

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SOURCE: rear right/left brake light don't work,top center brake light doe

I worked at a GM dealer for 5 year's now and when this kind of think happens it's usually a circuit board that the bulbs plug into or if it dont have the circuit board style the ground wire in the bulb socket corrodes and brake's

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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SOURCE: 1994 CHEVY K1500 BRAKE LIGHTS DON'T WORK TOP CAB LIGHT WORKS

I figured out my problem!
From the VERY BEGINING... I changed my brake pedal switch with a BRAND NEW switch, and the lights still didn't work.

Well, I went back down there with a live wire and touched the contacts..and guess what.. the brake lights lit up!

I got a faulty NEW brake pedal switch!! I went a year with this problem, so learn from my issue, test even your new parts if it doesn't fix the problem to completely rule it out!

I hope you guys figure out what's going on with your issue.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: no brake lights , everything else works

try playing around with the turn signal lever,push towards the dash.had same problem with 98 blazer,that is where your switch is located.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: all lights work, except the brake /tail lights,the

The third break lights are LED and the circuit board may have gone bad or the solder may have gone bad. The circuit board is built in the third brake light and is a seal unit. You may have to replace the unit, there is a relay for the third brake light and that is located on the glove box behind the panel that say's relays. There are three relays in there, the center is for the fuel pump and the two out side are for the A/C and third brake light. Just swap them around and see if the brake lights come on. Good luck and keep me posted. 

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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