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First, you may wish to check to make sure that none of the fuses for this system have blown. You can do this by visual of inspection of the fuses (looking to see if the filiment has broken) or, as I prefer, with a fuse tester (available at most chain auto parts stores for about $3). Beyond that take a look at the socket that the bulb fits into and the wires that go to it. Make sure it is connected properly, that all of the contacts look healthy, and that the wires appear to be in good health (no cracks or exposures in the insulation). The next thing to consider is the brake light switch. This is a good bet, especially if your lights function when you turn your headlights on and then don't brighten when you step on the pedal.

If none of this solves the issue you more than likely have an electrical issue which will need to be tracked down by someone capable of doing so.

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