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No rear brake light / turn signals on 2001 Chevy Cavalier

My 2001 Cavalier has lost the rear brake lights and turn signals and hazards. The center brake light still works. I have checked the bulbs and all the fuses in the fuse compartment everything checks good. The front turn signals work, the back up lights work which is part of the same bulb so I assume my ground is good. coincindently my odometer display light quit at the same time, all the gauges work and the dash lights all work. Any ideas on where to look next?

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  • Anonymous Jul 23, 2008

    1999 center brake light only. Flasher's & turnsignals work - so do the back up lights.

  • cmaywood Jul 23, 2008

    99 cavalier. no brake lights but have back up lights. Center brake also works. everything else works.

  • jimboe Aug 16, 2008

    My 1999 Cavalier has lost the rear brake lights. The center brake light still works. I have checked the bulbs
    and all the fuses in the fuse compartment everything checks good. The
    front and rear turn signals work, the back up lights work which is part of the
    same bulb so I assume my ground is good.

  • usednap Jan 05, 2009

    yes have the same problem,on 1999 cavalier z24

    taillites running lites turn signels all work.

    changed stop lites bulbs check fusses all good

    still no brake lites. thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    2005 chevy malibu. hazard lights, turn signals work. no tailiights or dash lights. checked fuses and bulbs. plugged test light in harness and still only brake and turn signals work. any ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    i have no brake lights I put in new bulbs no lights I checked the fuses they are good. so what could be wrong?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    have have no brake lights or turn signals I put in new bulbs and checked the fuses the fuses are good what could be wrong?
    how do I fix this problem????

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    how do i change fuse or bulbs

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  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    2008 Chevy Cobalt, dashboard lights are out but lights on DIC are still on, tail lights are out, the light on the radio buttons goes in and out, I noticed if I hit the brakes it pops back on and then goes off once I begin to drive. The speakers and the turn signal sound goes in and out as well. Brake lights and headlights are working. All of these things started happened around the same time. We have checked the fuses, is there a relay that would control all of that?

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The problem is the turn signal/headlight/hazard switch assembly on the steering column which the brake light wiring runs through. The part is easy to change and cost about $50 at most parts stores

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I replaced the turn signal switch and im still having the same problem no turn signals no brake lights at all and the abs light is still on. What else could be the problem?

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I had the same problem and fixed it by spraying a small shot of wd40 (or contact cleaner) on the hazard switch and moving it back and forth a few times. I was about to buy the switch and heard about this, worked like a champ and was free!

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A shot of WD 40 fixed it. Thanks for the help!

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From what I have been told, the turn signal switch requires pulling the steering wheel and air bag.

As the rear brake light works, can't I just tap the wires to the rear center brake light and run them to the rear brake lights ????

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More than likely your hazzard switch (4 way emergency flasher switch)

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