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The contact that is on the brakelight switch is broken, where can I get one without having to buy the switch

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You have to buy the switch. The contacts are not sold seperatly.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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    You need to replace the switch, the contacts are not sold.

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Just buy a switch. You cant buy anything else to fix a contact.

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