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Brakes will not work while lights are either on or off. Replaced all my brake light bulbs, but no improvement. I tested out about 2 hours ago by pushing the brakes and someone else looking at my brakes, and they say they don't illuminate. Any solutions?

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The first thing i would check is the brake switch located under the brake pedal, will be just a small switch with a push button top. when this switch fails you will lose all power to the brake lights

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