Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Light Switch

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Brake Light Switch

If the brake lights either stay on when they shouldn't or do not turn on at all, you may have to replace the brake light switch. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Brake Light Switch Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2013 Nissan 370Z $127 $57.18 $70.00 22% $164.68
2014 Chevrolet Malibu $94 $24.37 $70.00 28% $131.87
2003 Chevrolet Tracker $88 $17.53 $70.00 29% $125.03
2007 BMW X5 $109 $38.98 $70.00 25% $146.48
2012 Mercedes-Benz G550 $100 $29.88 $70.00 27% $137.38
2014 Maserati Quattroporte $108 $38.38 $70.00 25% $145.88
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Brake Light Switch?

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The brake light switch is the electrical switch that is responsible for activating the brake lights. When the pedal is pressed, the brake light switch makes contact, and the the brake lights are illuminated. While the exact designs of brake switches can vary, they all serve the same purpose of activating the brake lights when the pedal is pressed. As the brake lights are what alerts the drivers behind you that you are slowing the vehicle, the brake lights and the switch that activates them become inherently important to vehicle safety. When the brake light switch does fail, usually the vehicle will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that a problem has occurred.

Brake lights stay on

One of the symptoms commonly associated with a bad brake light switch are brake lights that stay on at all times. If the brake light switch shorts internally it may cause the brake lights to stay illuminated, even when the pedal is not being pressed. This will cause the brake lights to burn out sooner than they should, as well as create a parasitic drain on the battery.

Brake lights do not function

The other symptom commonly associated with a bad brake light switch are brake lights that do not function at all. If the switch fails, it will not be able to activate the lights when the pedal is pressed, and as a result the lights will not function.

Because brake lights are what alert the vehicle’s behind you that you are slowing, if there is any problem with the switch that activates them, the overall safety of the vehicle is compromised. For this reason, if you suspect that your vehicle’s brake light switch may be bad or failing, have the brake lights inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if you need a brake light switch replacement.

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Edmar

19 years of experience
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Edmar
19 years of experience
Edmar was very knowledgeable, helped us out with questions we had. He was honest, respectful, and attentive to the problem.
2005 MITSUBISHI GALANT - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - LITTLE ELM, TEXAS

Matthew

9 years of experience
141 reviews
Matthew
9 years of experience
This service was perfect working around my work schedule. By coming out to my house, it saved me time by not taking it into a dealership or service shop. Matthew was very polite and did a fantastic job repairing the brake light switch...all in a timely manner. He explained to me the problem and what he did to fix it. I will definitely use him again and recommend him to people I know who will benefit from Your Mechanic.
1999 INFINITI I30 - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - FISHERS, INDIANA

Chris

19 years of experience
1126 reviews
Chris
19 years of experience
Very convenient. Not sure about the billing. Will need to check my credit card but I was quoted approx $80 for total job. Chris did not have part and came back for a second time to install part and I think my card may have been run twice.
2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - TRABUCO CANYON, CALIFORNIA

Joe

40 years of experience
533 reviews
Joe
40 years of experience
Thanks, once again Joe to the rescue, very reliable and communicates well with the customer. Joe has worked on my car for a couple of months on various problems as it is a used car, he is making me feel comfortable about my car. I find him to be the best mechanic I have ever met.
2011 CHEVROLET CRUZE - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

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