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BRAKE LIGHTS NOT WORKING - CHECKED BULBS, FUSES & WIRE I COULD SEE - SEMMS LIKE MAYBE THE SWITCH AT BRAKE PEDAL MAYBE BAD - cAN IT BE TESTED?

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Yes take it off and connect a wire to the leads you removed(bypass the switch)

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Most vehicle components are isolated to not affect other components, so cutting or disabling the e-brake cable will not affect the operation of the brake lights.

Now, as for your problem, what vehicle do you drive?

Do you have the correct bulbs? single filament and double filament bulbs may look the same but will have a different number of contacts.

Have you checked the socket (Where the bulb is inserted in)? corroded/burnt contacts will not make a good connection.

Fuses and wiring all good? If you know your bulbs are good and the sockets are ok, check the fuse. It might have blown when the bulb went out.

And lastly, even a turn signal bulb may cause a brake light to go out. So check ALL your lights for proper operation, and that all the CORRECT bulbs are used for the socket.

Hope my solutions solve your issue

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