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Main brake lights not working

Fuse good, turn signals working, third high brake light working

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  • Ted Schore May 11, 2010

    did you check the bulbs?

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Replace the brake light switch

Posted on Oct 28, 2009

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Most likley the brake light switch. It has 2 different sides. One for the third brake light and one for the lower brake lights. It is inexpensive and can be changed easily. Good Luck

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Check the bulbs everything runs as you said the 3rd brake light works correctly so should they all. Otherwise it may be the socket could be corroded check to ensure this is not your issue.

Posted on Nov 07, 2009

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