Symptoms of 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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Robert

25 years of experience
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Robert
25 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Brake light is not working - Catonsville, Maryland
Robert was super! He called to let me know he was on his way. Arrived on time. Diagnosed the problem. Such expertise. He showed me how to change the fuses and found why the fuses were getting shorten out. Roberts expertise will be the reason I would use this service,
Dodge Stratus - Brake light is not working - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Robert arrived early. He diagnosed the issue & repaired it quickly. I would definitely use his services again.

Eric

12 years of experience
36 reviews
Eric
12 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Brake light is not working - Riverdale, Georgia
mechanic eric was great and very helpful,i recommend his services to every one.he fixed my brake light swith for my 98 nissan sentra. this man need a raise! thanks again eric.....

Rusty

21 years of experience
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Rusty
21 years of experience
Nissan Maxima - Brake light is not working - Arlington, Texas
Rusty is awesome. Have used him about ten times of five different cars. Always on time, professional. Recommend highly!!

Tabitha

15 years of experience
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Tabitha
15 years of experience
Kia Optima - Brake light is not working Inspection - San Diego, California
Tabitha was great! She was early and was very well informed. She was able to find the soulution in a quick amount of time and broke down the problem in a way that I was able to understand.

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