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post #1 of 12 Old 05-22-2006, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Light Switch Installation

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All brake lights on my '99 WJ won't work. I checked the fuses - and all of them are OK. So I figure that it must be the brake light switch that has gone bad.

How do you take out the old switch?

I cannot figure out how to take the pin that presses against the pedal out of the bracket.

Does anyone have a shop manual?

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By any chance did you check for power at the switch? I think I would before I take the switch out.

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No - I have not checked the power - but I am pretty confident that it does have juice since all fuses are good. Could it be something other than the switch?

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Yes. Recently there have been some posts here about the tail light assy's going bad themselves. I would check for power at the switch, and if I had it check for power at the tail light assy itself.

Also, You said nothing about checking the bulbs.

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I agree that could be the case. I will definitely check power. My taillights are working fine though and I would doubt that all three brake lights would go bad at once (bulbs are fine).

Can anyone give advice on how to remove that brake light switch (white plastic box)?

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If I am not mistaken, there are two switches for the brake lights. One for the two main lights and a seperate one for the third light.

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There is only one switch for the brake lights - this is the mechanical switch that presses against the brake pedal.

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Any luck on getting your problem fixed?

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Yes thanks. I got a new brake light switch @ Autozone for 11.99. Was real easy to install (turn a little counterclockwise and it came right off). Only hard part was trying to get off the electrical plug - was really tight. Brake lights work like a charm now...

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Great, glad it was only the switch.

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Thanks for the help 5 years later

Your post of 5 years ago did the trick. I couldn't figure out how to remove the break light switch. I searched the web for 2 hrs. and finaly found your post on how to get the switch out.

Thanks. Now I hope that is the problem.

Everything else check out fine.

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