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Why are my brake lights not working on my 1997 chrsler concorde? The fuse and light bulbs are good. I've heard this may be the brake light switch. If so, where is this located?

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Switch is at top of brake pedal. wire colors are PINK/DK BLUE and WHT/TAN. check to see it is actually contacting when pedal is depressed.

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