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All brake lights out at same time - bulbs okay

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I had this problem on my 98. Turned out to be the brake switch which is located at the top of the brake pedal arm. I went to autozone and bought the switch (under $20) and the sales clerk actually put it in for me after I asked a couple of questions about the location of the switch ... easy solution for me (-;

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