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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2011, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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strange brake light switch

I am working on the brake lights on my 1976 cj5. The brake light switch does not look like anything I have seen listed for any of the cj's. It is at the pedal (not a pressure switch). It is actually mounted to the column with a spring actuator that is on the pedal. The switch itself is a small microswitch. When the pedal is at rest, the spring should (it does not but it should) make contact with the switch. It actually looks like there used to be another piece on the end of the spring that actually came in contact with the switch. I know, vague description. I will try to get some pictures later today. I just thought somebody might recognize this setup from my bad description. I would like to replace it, but don't even know what to ask for

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It should be a black cylinder just above the steering column with a red or white plunger. The connection end points towards the steering wheel. It's a fairly standard part (either GM or Ford, can't remember which.) When the pedal is not pressed, the plunger is closed, interrupting power to the brake lights, and when you press the pedal the plunger expands and the brake lights come on.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-18-2011, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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This is what it looks like

Well That is what I thought I would see, Not sure how to post a picture, but here is a link to some pictures I shot earlier today and posted to shutterfly

There should be three pictures of the switch there.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-18-2011, 05:47 PM
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Well, I seem to be having posting pictures. I hope that they appear this time.
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