How Long Does a Brake Light Switch Last? | YourMechanic Advice

How Long Does a Brake Light Switch Last?

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.


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Bryant

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Ford Fusion - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryant has done great work on my car before, the latest work is no exception. He's very flexible, and goes the extra mile to get you back on the road.
Scion iA - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Carmel, Indiana
This is my first time using this service. I am very happy with it. Bryant was very knowledgeable and did quality work. I will use this service more regularly.

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Volkswagen Passat - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
He’s amazing! Did a wonderful job on my brakes and was extremely knowledgeable, and a real fun guy to be around as well!

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Mazda CX-9 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Orlando, Florida
Jimmi was wonderful. He was on time, knowledgeable, and completed work in a timely manner. He went above and beyond with helpful tips and recommendations. We will be using him for all our family vehicles.

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Toyota RAV4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Tacoma, Washington
Came right on time! Had all the necessary tools to finish the job. After the test drive, he gave me an update on my car. Topped off my fluids and disinfect the inside. Well recommend!!

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