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I unhooked my stereo and now my brakelights arent working

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This is purely a coincidence, you have inadvertently disconnected something else when you disconnected the radio, or the brake light sending switch, which is located above the brake pedal, has either become unplugged, needs adjusting, or is faulty.

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