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my rear brake lights wont turn on!?!?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by cannibal, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. cannibal

    cannibal Registered Member

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    heya all,

    as the topic says, my brake lights wont turn on when i push my brakes, and coz im alittle ignorante in what deals with electricity, can anyone give me a hint....
     
  2. K5MONSTERCHEV

    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    Mine did that too, under the dash the brake pedal pushes a plunger which switches them on, that may need to be adjusted. Thats what solved my problem anyway. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    KISS

    (Keep It Simple Stupid.) Just a saying. Not aimed towards you, just in general. Check the easy stuff first. Like the Fuse. Then bulbs.
     
  4. cannibal

    cannibal Registered Member

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    ok, dude
    thanx
     
  5. pauly383

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    First check your fusebox for a burned fuse. If its burned, then it is shorted, or old. If its shorted, you will keep blowing fuses. If it was just the fuses time to burn out, you will be alright.

    Second, it could be be bad bulbs, but I don't see how both go out at once unless you were near a UFO or one was bad already and a second one burned out.

    Third, it could be your switch. It is above the brake pedal and have a shaft sticking out of it. When you push the brake pedal the shaft falls and lights come on, when you let go the shaft goes back in. You could check for loose or dirty connections there. If you have/can access an ohmmeter you could check the switch for continuity ( it is normally open , when brake applies it closes to complete circuit ).

    These trucks aren't getting any younger. May be a good idea to get a srvice manual with diagrams, as you will need it again, and again over the course of ownership.
     
  6. cannibal

    cannibal Registered Member

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    yeah, sure,

    thats good man, interisting idea, where can i get the service manual, i mean o the net, from amazon or where
     
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    check the fuses, brake pedal switch and bulbs.. not common for both bulbs to go at once...


    ebay.com should have some service manuals available..
     
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    sounds like the brake switch, very simple and cheap to fix, something like 5 bucks for the switch and 2 plug connectors and your done
     
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    mine did that a couple of years back. I did nothing. They are fine now. Something must have shook right.
     
  10. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    Yeah mine just had dirt in it, so the lights would get stuck off.
     

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