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
2007 GMC Envoy $90 $19.87 $70.00 29% $127.37
2009 GMC Savana 3500 $99 $29.05 $70.00 27% $136.55
2011 Smart Fortwo $100 $30.00 $70.00 27% $137.50
2007 Audi A3 $103 $33.08 $70.00 26% $140.58
2008 Infiniti M35 $126 $55.98 $70.00 22% $163.48
2014 Porsche Boxster $103 $33.24 $70.00 26% $140.74
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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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Kenneth

17 years of experience
374 reviews
Kenneth
17 years of experience
will absolutely use this service again
1996 GMC YUKON - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA

Peter

40 years of experience
1059 reviews
Peter
40 years of experience
Just like my first experience, everything went great! He even phoned ahead and asked if he could come by earlier than scheduled.. That is awesome!
2006 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - AVONDALE, ARIZONA

Jeffrey

24 years of experience
683 reviews
Jeffrey
24 years of experience
Jeffrey was prompt, courteous and professional. He checked all systems associated with the brake light switch to make sure the proper repair was performed. In fact, he replaced the burned out 3rd brake light bulb at no charge. Repair was quick and complete. Cost was over 30% less than what I was quoted from local repair shops.
2001 ACURA INTEGRA - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

James

28 years of experience
364 reviews
James
28 years of experience
James arrived ahead of schedule. He took the time to explain each phase the job to me. As usual, he had all the materials, tools and testing equipment required to complete the job. I am really grateful to have such a skilled professional work on my vehicle.
1993 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX - BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH - GARDEN GROVE, CALIFORNIA

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