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1998 Honda Accord EX

The taillights come on when the lights are on but do not light upwhen the brake is applied, though the side brakelights and middle brake light work fine. Have already replaced bulbs and checked fuses. Anyone have a suggestion?

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  • jonmark44 Dec 10, 2008

    i am have a problem to the lights light up when the lights are on but none of the lights will light up when the brake is applied and the bulbs must b fine and the fuses are fine ... what should i look for a short maybe?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    brake lamp is on dashboardand right brake light is off but the taillight on the same bulb works. I changed the bulb and same.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    1998 honda accord lx-brake lamp on dashboard remains on,taillight works but brake light doesnot on same bulb,chaned bulb but same problem on the passenger side?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Inner left brake light lam p wont turn on. Replaced bulb and checked fuses.Any suggestions? Thank u...Dash board panel indicated brake light out that's how I knew



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  1. check if the turn signels work. check the brake petal switch underneath the brake petal-also check the operation of the emergency flashers for operation. all of these items are related.

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  • nickojunkmai Apr 07, 2011

    I had the exact same problem. I discovered it because my 1998 Honda Accord wouldn't shift out of park and i was stuck in a parking for 45 min until i discovered the shift lock release button which is hidden underneath the plastic rectangular ring that goes around the shift console. It's directly left about 3 inches from the shifter, again, underneath the plastic rectangular ring. You just use your key to depress the shift lock release and shift into neutral, start the car, then shift into drive. To fix the brake lights not coming i started by checking all the fuses; there are 3 fuse boxes(that i found) 1) left of the steering wheel between the door and the dashboard 2) Same place as the first but on the passenger side 3) under the hood close to the windshield on the passenger side. Supposedly the fuse for the brake lights is in the fuse box under the hood labeled "stop" on the case of the fuse box. All of my fuses were still in tact (burnt fuses will literally be burnt and the metal connection in the middle will be broken). The brake lights flashed when i unlocked the car and they also turned on when i turned the lights on so i knew the bulbs were good. I then moved to the brake light switch which is located under the dash, next to the brake pedal. You'll have to get up underneath the steering column and literally be on your back with your head next to the brake pedal. You'll notice the metal arm connected to the brake pedal comes in contact with a plastic cylinder about 1 inch in diameter, 3 inches long and that has a 1.5 inch metal bolt coming out it with a small button at the end of the bold that is depressed when the brake is in resting position. There should be some wires connected to the brake light switch. Unplug the wires and unscrew the brake light switch. I went to Auto Zone and had the switch tested and it did not conduct a charge so i bought a new one for $40, put it in and everything worked. So start with the fuses, then the bulbs, then the brake switch. After that you'll probably need to a siring diagram of your car and hunt down all the connections and check all the wiring. That's way out of my league and i would've just taken it to a mechanic after that.



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