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My brake lights do not come on when i press the brakes. i have changed the switch for the brake lights but I still get nothing, which wire do I need to change because the brake light wire on my 2000 Esteem must be burnt out I just need to know the color of the wire so that ican change it and run a new one.

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If you have a meter.... check the bulb socket for 12V DC with someone applying the brake or watch for a 12V DC pulse on the meter when the meter leads are on the socket contact with the emergency flashers on. (+) lead to socket contact and ( - ) lead to chassis ground. If you have the 12V DC on the socket contact then there is a problem with the chassis ground wire.
The brake light socket has 2 terminals. One is for the tail light 12V DC power when the headlights are on and the other one is 12V DC only when the brake lights are supposed to be on. (i.e pulse hazard or brake applied light on)

Also check the BRAKE light fuse in the fuse box located on the front of the left kick panel wall drivers side with a black cover. (4" x 2.5") There is also a fuse and relay box on the left side of the engine compartment. (4" x 7")

The wire color connected to your NEW brake switch that leaves the switch for the tail lights is the same color on the rear of the car and terminates at the tail light assy quick disconnect connector.

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Kelly

Posted on Apr 23, 2010

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    Kelly Apr 23, 2010

    The brake light fuse in the fuse block is in the center row 3rd fuse from the right. (fwd or Bottom) It is labeled Hazard Lamps 15A

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    Kelly Apr 24, 2010

    One other possible cause for the brake lights not working can be the emergency flasher itself depending on how it failed.



    Kelly

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