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Brake light just noticed that when I use either brake the tail light remains the same. Shouldn't it change to a brighter red to indicate braking.

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Yes the taillight should get brighter when you hit either the front or rear brake. Did it just start doing this? You might check for a burnt out filament in the brakes if it has an incandescent bulb. I think that's where I'd start looking at least especially if this just started happening.,,

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