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98 chevy lumina Rear window break light works, but rear break lights don't, also right turn don't work?

Rear break light don't work, but rear window light does, also right turn doesn't work?

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Check bulbs and check to make sure the wires in trunk are all connected

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

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I would have to agree more with Dano. Because the muilty funtion switch for the turn signals has little to do with the brake lights it has a seperate fuse and the hazards are always hot and have nothing to do with brake lights at all .
Iwould try adjusting the brake switch at the pedal their is a small nut you turn on this switch to decresse the traval distance between the pedal and the stop
But it sounds more like a ground issue at one of your bulbs that could have been caused by the brake switch not makeing good enough contact.
I would check this before I ripped the dash apart

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

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    Jeremy W. Apr 05, 2015

    You should check the wiring diagrams before posting! Not only have you given bad information you have added confusion for the person asking the question.

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    Jeremy W. Apr 05, 2015

    So the hazards have nothing to do with the brake lights. Huh, looks like they use the same bulb, and the same wires for the rears....

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    Jeremy W. Apr 05, 2015

    You would try adjusting the brake switch, even though the center third brake light is working AND the same wire from the switch that supplies power to the third brake light also supplies power to the.......... TURN SIGNAL SWITCH.

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    Jeremy W. Apr 05, 2015

    It sounds like a ground issue? Do you know what happens when there is a ground issue? Funky things happen. Like I step on the brakes and my windshield wipers turn on. Or I turn on the left turn signal and my horn beeps. Bad grounds don't cause things to just not work, they also cause other things to act abnormally!

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    Jeremy W. Apr 05, 2015

    A ground issue caused by your brake switch not making good enough contact..... WHAT? If you are indeed an automotive professional please trade in your tools for a spatula at you local fast food restaurant. You have no business under the hood of any vehicle and should not be giving automotive advice to anyone as you have clearly demonstrated that you have no idea what you are talking about! Please do everyone a favor and stop posting here!

  • JOHN LAPIER Apr 06, 2015

    It could not be the muilty funtion switch to the turn signals because it IS NOT POWERED BY THE BRAKE SWITCH..Lets see what you really know.I o this for free I also solve problems for MIT physics professors

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I would agree 100% with Jeremy

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

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There's a switch on the brake pedal arm that controls the brake stop lights, but it also controls the third light. The problem could be a fuse and/or relay, or bad wiring connections.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 04, 2015

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    Jeremy W. Apr 04, 2015

    If the brake light switch where out of adjustment or failed the third brake light (the one in the rear window that is describe bed as working) would not be working. The symptom described falls within the symptoms known when a turn signal switch failed. Since the brake light and the turn signal are on the same bulb brake power is run through the tour signal switch in order to cancel the brake light and supply a turn signal flash in the appropriate direction.

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    danoyachtcap Apr 04, 2015

    Thanks Jeremy, I know the brake pedal controls the stop lights but thought (on some cars) the third light to be on another circuit. Sense many people have said, "the third light works but the brake lights don't". That's a little confusing. I'll watch for that situation and use a different answer to include the third light.

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I can almost 100% guaranty the turn signal switch is the problem. Power for the brake lights starts at the brake switch. power then splits from there and the third brake light gets power directly from the brake switch. Since the turn signal and the brake lights are on the same bulb power for the brake lights is routed through the turn signal switch. the switch depending on what position it is in will allow brake power or turn signal power to there respective left or right brake/turn bulbs.

If you hold your foot on the brake pedal and wiggle the turn signal and or play with the hazard switch the brake lights will almost always intermittently start to work. this will confirm a bad turn signal switch which is pretty common on GM vehicle with this style setup.

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  • JOHN LAPIER Apr 06, 2015

    Jeremy W Today is Easter a day of good will between men How dare you bother me with small MINDED garabge loaded comants on a holy day

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    Jeremy W. Apr 06, 2015

    Seems as though the comments you made about this problem where nothing more than useless babel that will leave anyone who reads them more confused than before they starts. If you don't know what you a talking about than move on. Posting automotive nonsense does nothing but make you look like a fool. People come here seeking sound advice. Based on a quick review of other answers you have provided it is obvious you know little more than the people asking the questions.

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    Jeremy W. Apr 06, 2015

    And btw, at least my comments are sound in fact. I guarantee the misspelled nonsense that spewed from your keyboard is indeed the true small minded garbage.

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