Toyota Prius Prime Brake Light Switch Replacement at your home or office.

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Toyota Prius Prime Brake Light Switch Replacement costs $117 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2018 Toyota Prius PrimeL4-1.8L HybridService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$148.61Shop/Dealer Price$176.30 - $232.85
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Brake Light Switch Replacement Service

What is the brake light switch and how does it work?

The brake light switch is a mechanical switch activated when you press the brake pedal. The switch has a plunger in it that contacts a lever in the brake pedal assembly. As that plunger is depressed when you push on the brake pedal, the contacts in the brake light switch closed and voltage flows to the brake lights — turning them on. The brake light switch is also in the circuit that controls the cruise control disengagement and the shift interlock safety feature installed on all newer cars. Failure of the brake light switch occurs due to wear on the internal electrical contacts in the switch, poor switch terminal connections, maladjustment of the switch, or damage to the brake pedal assembly.

When to consider replacing the brake light switch?

  • No brake lights. If depressing the brake pedal does not cause any of the brake lights to illuminate, the continuity of the switch will be tested. If only one brake light is out, then the issue is not the switch but rather the bulb, bulb socket or brake light circuit integrity.
  • Unable to shift out of park. The brake light switch is also wired into the shift interlock mechanism. If you are unable to shift out of park, with your foot on the brake, check to see if the brake lights will illuminate as you push the pedal. If they do not illuminate, failure of the brake light switch may be the cause of the no shift.
  • Intermittent operation of the brake lights or late operation. The brake light switch has to be in the proper position, and work consistently if the brake lights are to come on the instant you press the brake pedal. The switch can sometimes require adjustment, or the contacts may degrade, causing inconsistent operation of the switch.

How do mechanics replace the brake light switch?

  • The switch is first tested using a multimeter, including the terminal contacts to the switch, to determine if it is faulty. If the switch is functioning, the entire circuit must be tested to determine the cause of no brake lights.
  • Should the switch be judged defective, the switch is unthreaded from the mounting boss near the brake pedal assembly.
  • The new switch is threaded in and locked with an appropriate locknut once the new switch is properly adjusted.
  • The operation of the switch is tested to ensure instant illumination of the brake lights upon pressing the brake pedal.

Is it safe to drive with a brake light switch problem?

No. Should the brake light switch have failed, it is unsafe to drive the vehicle because drivers behind you will have no indication that you are slowing, intend to slow, or are stopped. Always address a failure of this type promptly to ensure your safety while driving.

When replacing the brake light switch keep in mind:

  • The mechanic will test the brake light switch directly to ensure that the issue is not elsewhere in the brake light circuit.
  • Occasionally, the issue is a maladjusted switch or a loose contact, and the mechanic can resolve the problem without switch replacement.

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YourMechanic Toyota Brake Light Switch Replacement Service

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Jesus

5 years of experience
23 reviews
Jesus
5 years of experience
Toyota Prius Prime - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Glendora, California
excellent service and communication

Khoa

19 years of experience
375 reviews
Khoa
19 years of experience
Toyota Prius Prime - Battery will not hold a charge - San Jose, California
Very Professional

Justin

7 years of experience
317 reviews
Justin
7 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Brake Light Switch - Pompano Beach, Florida
I am "all in all" satisfied with the convenient service provided by Justin. He came to my work and repaired my car (upon the 2nd visit) and seemed very knowledgeable in regard to the issue I was experiencing with my Toyota. I pointed out to Justin that I had one break light that was not working, along with the gear shift that was stuck in "park". The reason I did not give a 5-star rating was due in part to one small, easy repair that was knowingly disregarded. The main problem I was experiencing was the gear shift, which seemed to be related to a non-functioning brake light. Upon diagnosis (1st visit) it was determined the brake light bulb was bad. When Justin returned the next day (2nd visit) with a much-needed new brake light switch, he kindly replaced this part in my car and all is good now. I had to ask Justin if he replaced my bad brake light bulb. His response was "No, you still have to get a new one". My disappointment is truly not about the service I received, but more about the service I DID NOT receive. I am still driving my car with just one working brake light. I feel as though this small repair should have been taken care of, as it was definitely known to be an issue. My thinking is this ... if you are purchasing a part for a customer's car, and you know she also needs a new brake light bulb, wouldn't it be the right thing to do to buy a new bulb as well? I truly thought my brake light would have been fixed (upon the second visit that was paid separate from the first). Had I not asked, I would be driving around believing both brake lights were properly working. I am a very gracious person, and I always show my appreciation in the gratuity that I give to anyone in the service industry. And this time was no different. I remained appreciative & very gracious although I was told my brake light was not fixed. Perhaps it's my own fault for not speaking up? I really didn't think I had to ...

Adam

28 years of experience
95 reviews
Adam
28 years of experience
Toyota Pickup - Brake Light Switch - Helotes, Texas
Enjoyed working with Adam. Personable, skilled mechanic.

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