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 Buick Verano $93 $23.12 $70.00 28% $130.62
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage $92 $22.09 $70.00 28% $129.59
2008 Jeep Patriot $93 $22.93 $70.00 28% $130.43
2012 BMW 750Li $102 $32.45 $70.00 26% $139.95
2015 Audi TT Quattro $138 $67.90 $70.00 21% $175.40
2006 Jaguar S-Type $126 $55.98 $70.00 22% $163.48
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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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Tien

20 years of experience
746 reviews
Tien
20 years of experience
Tien took care of the repair very quickly! Definitely recommend.
1991 VOLVO 240 - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - DUBLIN, CALIFORNIA

Omar

9 years of experience
175 reviews
Omar
9 years of experience
Omar was very professional and resolved my automotive issue.
1997 ACURA TL - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA

David

22 years of experience
118 reviews
David
22 years of experience
Hi.David was prompt and polite to my mother, b/c I had to be at work while he fixed the brake light switch on my truck. I found it was very convenient that he came to the house to do the repair. The quote for the repair was exactly what I was charged. This is the second time I have used his service and YourMechanic, and would use it again if necessary. James
1994 CHEVROLET C2500 - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - OCALA, FLORIDA

Mike

10 years of experience
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10 years of experience
Mike was great. I just hate it was raining.
1987 JEEP WRANGLER - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH REPLACEMENT - ROLESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

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