Brake lights not working even though replaced.
All of the brake lights do not work. I already replaced the bulbs and the brake switch.
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If you have replaces the light bulbs and the brake switch then you are more than likely missing voltage in the circuit. I would start by checking fuse #26 in the fuse box under the hood. If it is blown then replace it and see if the lights work. If it was blown and it blows again then there is a short in the circuit. If the fuse is fine then a voltage meter will be needed to run through some electrical diagnostics of the circuit. If this is something that you are not comfortable with then you should enlist the assistance of a certified mechanic with the tools and experience to do this, like one from YourMechanic.
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I would look closely at the connector for the nonfunctional bulb, as it may be damaged or corroded. If the bulb looks OK, you`ll want to test for power and ground at the bulb. Since the bulbs share more of the same circuit components, lack of power indicates a problem in the power side wiring.
If any caravan/trailer lights are not working, then the first thing to check is that the trailer plug and socket are properly connected. That might sound like a simple thing but it`s a good place to start. Caravan/trailer plugs are particularly vulnerable to damage from either rough tracks or being pulled in and out.
When your brake lights are not working but tail lights are, it could indicate a number of issues with your vehicle if the problem isn`t itself with the individual bulb. This could be a smorgasbord of issues from faulty sensors, broken switches to chapped wires, and even electrical problems of the ground.
Check Your Fuses
The first thing to check is whether or not the brake light fuse has blown. This fuse is usually located in the fuse box under the hood, and it`s relatively easy to check. Just remove the fuse and hold it up to a light – if the wire inside is broken, then you`ll need to replace the fuse.
When the lower lights do not come on and only the third-brake light works, the brake-light switch may be ruled out. Again try the emergency-flashers to check for wiring, socket and lamp problems. If the flashers work, check for blown fuses as a few vehicles use separate circuits for the lower and third brake lights.
It is a 15amp fuse that powers the stop light switch on the brake pedal. The brake light switch sends power to rear brake lights.
The most common brake light switch is the simple mechanical type mounted close to the brake pedal arm. When the pedal is depressed, the switch automatically closes to turn on the brake lights. The other type of switch works hydraulically and is operated by the pressure of fluid in the pipes when the brake is applied.
Like all fuses, the brake light system fuse can be found in the power distribution center, which is under the dashboard or tucked away underneath the hood.
Malfunctioning light bulbs
One of the most common reasons behind brake lights not working is blown out light bulbs. This is especially true for those with older cars. When you depress the brakes and the brake lights are not lighting up, immediately check for faulty light bulbs.
Your rear lights are controlled through the same switch that controls the headlights. Power is channeled through a relay to the rear lights, illuminating them when the switch is engaged.
Check the fuse.
A blown fuse usually causes both lights to go out. On newer cars, the tail lamps can be fused separately and/or each bulb or shared circuit can be fused. A fuse can be blown due to other problems, so you`ll need to check more than just the fuse, but it`s the right place to start.
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EPC light on 2004 Jetta. Code said brake switch faulty, but brakes lights worked. Replaced brake switch, now no brake lights.
Hi there. The first thing that pops in my mind beyond of what you have listed is perhaps the electrical harness attached to the brake switch. Perhaps the harness itself is damaged or you have an exposed wire, loose ground wire somewhere. You might want to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location and complete a brake lights not working inspection to help you diagnose this issue.
Brake lights are not working. replaced brake light swtch still no brake lights. the third brake light the connection was melted at
The first thing to do is to repair third brake light and replace the brake light fuse and then see if the third brake lights work and the lower lights start working? If only the 3rd brake light starts working then you may need a further checks on the turn signal flasher or switch could be bad.
Okay so when I turn my lights on at night my brake lights do not work, when I don’t have my lights on they work fine.
Hi there. Based on your inquiry, it’s highly probable that you have a damaged light switch or some electrical fault inside the turn signal relay. However, it’s also possible that the brake switch above the brake pedal could also be the source of your problem. Due to the fact that multiple electrical components might be causing this issue, it’s a smart idea to first have a professional mobile mechanic complete a brake lights are not working inspection, so they can determine what’s causing all of these issues and recommend the right repairs.
Brake lights on trunk not working
For some reason, when consulting the wiring diagram, I don’t see a trunk mounted brake light listed. I only see the high mount (one in the rear window) listed. Regardless, if the trunk bulb is not working with a new bulb, there is a problem with the circuit. Check for both power and ground at the bulb. Once you’ve determined which is lacking, you’ll have to trace the circuit to determine where the problem lies. Since you said all of the other brake lights work, the cruise control is likely unrelated. Electrical diagnosis can be difficult, so I suggest you have a trained professional tackle the problem with your brake lights for you.
All dashboard lights and tail lights do not work after driving through a lot of snow. Headlights work. And brake lights work.
Hello. We’ll be happy to help you. There are a few things that I recommend checking to discover why your lighting system is malfunctioning. The headlight dimmer switch should be checked. Along with the wiring harness above the right front tire behind the fender well cover. Also
the main fuse under the hood should be inspected because other people with your particular vehicle have had similar lighting issues if that fuse goes bad. It will be a great idea to check the rest of the fuses in that area too while checking the main fuse. Once the fuses are checked inside of the main fuse box then I would check the fuses inside of their interior fuse box. The interior fuse box should be located on the driver side of the dashboard near where your legs would be. If you need more assistance with repairing your vehicle please keep in mind that our organization provides Mobile Mechanics who can help you diagnose and repair your vehicle, all at competitive rates.
No dash lights, back right tail light is out, no parking lights. Brake lights work though as does head lights.
Hi there. In many cases, when you have electrical problems like you’re describing, it’s caused by multiple electrical component failure. It’s likely that a few electrical relays are not working; especially if you have systems that utilize the same components (such as your brake light and tail lights). I would recommend having a professional mobile mechanic come to your location to complete an electrical problems inspection first, so they can pinpoint what is damaged and recommend the right repairs.
When I put my foot on the brake my back left brake light goes off, when I take it off the brake the brake light comes on
I would suggest trying to disconnect and reconnect the wiring to the rear lights. I have seen these older Toyota vehicles rear lighting short out on the lights themselves due to the way the light circuit was made on the lamp housing. Look at the housing circuit on the light to see if one is touching another, and that could tell you why it is malfunctioning. There could also be a problem with the brake light switch. If you are not comfortable dealing with wires, I recommend getting in touch with a certified mechanic who can look at your brake light issue for you to see what’s going on.
I replaced the brake light switch. Gear lever unlocked because it had locked. Now the brakes feel hard.
Hi, thanks for writing in. You need to check the brake switch install adjustment. You may have the switch adjusted too tight and it is holding the the brake pedal partly down. This will cause the brake master cylinder to not release the brakes when you let off the pedal. Readjust the switch away from the pedal until you feel some free play again in the pedal. This should fix the problem. If you would like help, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.