Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Long Does a Brake Light Switch Last?

brake light switch

The brake lights on a vehicle will help the motorist around you to be aware of when you are trying to bring your car to a stop. With all of the different parts on a car that contribute to the brake lights working, keeping up with them all can be a bit difficult. The brake light switch is one of the most important of these parts. This switch is connected to the brake pedal on a car and turns the light on when the brake pedal is pushed down. The only time that this part is used is when the pedal engages it.

For the most part, the brake light switch is built to last just as long as the car does. Generally, these switches will wear out due to the continuous use that they get. Being constantly pushed can wear out the internal components of this switch over time. Replacing this switch when it goes bad is important in maintaining a high degree of safety while on the road. If you do not have a fully functional brake light switch, then it will be hard to stay safe while driving in heavy traffic situations.

There are a number of things that can happen to a brake light switch that will render it unusable. Noticing the signs that this switch needs to be repaired can help to save you a lot of frustration in the long run. Replacing this switch when it is damaged is usually a job that is best left for the professional. A bad brake light switch will give plenty of warning signs when it needs to be replaced and here are some of them:

  • The brake lights are not working on a consistent basis
  • Not able to take the car out of Park
  • The brake lights are not working at all
  • There is visible damage to the switch
  • The switch has frayed or damaged wires

Being able to engage your brake lights when needed is an essential part of staying safe while on the road. A good working brake light switch will be able to keep the lights illuminated when needed. A mechanic can replace your brake light switch so that you don’t encounter any problems down the road.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...


Related questions

Q: My car has started heating up, reached "cooling mode on" with temperatures of 250+, and it sounds like the fan stays on when I turn off car.

This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know, the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...

Q: How do I use the one-touch down window?

The one-touch down power window allows the driver to roll down the window all the way, with just a quick touch of the button. To use the one-touch down power window, press the driver’s Power Window switch down fully, and...

Q: A problem with my headlight control sensor and navigation changing to night and day mode.

Hello Sharon, thank you for writing in. The headlight control module utilizes a photocell which detects the sunlight. The navigation system shares this information so it knows when to automatically change into "night mode". The module may be malfunctioning and...