Volkswagen Vanagon Brake Light Switch Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile technicians offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Get an upfront price

Average rating from customers who
received a Brake Light Switch Replacement.
Learn More

$87.79 - $97.97

Price range for all vehicles


YourMechanic Benefits

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Average rating from customers who
received a Brake Light Switch Replacement.
Learn More


Brake Light Switch Replacement Estimate for Volkswagen Vanagon

Volkswagen Vanagon Brake Light Switch Replacement costs $92 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1990 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.1LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$133.38 - $170.43
1983 Volkswagen VanagonL4-1.6L DieselService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$133.32 - $170.33
1983 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.0LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$133.38 - $170.43
1982 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.0LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$115.95Shop/Dealer Price$137.66 - $174.17
1984 Volkswagen VanagonH4-1.9LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$115.59Shop/Dealer Price$138.42 - $175.57
1981 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.0LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$135.06 - $173.37
1989 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.1LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$132.16 - $168.29
1986 Volkswagen VanagonH4-2.1LService typeBrake Light Switch ReplacementEstimate$110.95Shop/Dealer Price$130.23 - $164.91
Show example Volkswagen Vanagon Brake Light Switch Replacement prices

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.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

GET A QUOTE FOR YOUR CAR

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert Volkswagen mechanics

Real customer reviews from Volkswagen owners like you.

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Volkswagen Vanagon Service

Average Rating

5/5

Number of Reviews

9

Rating Summary
9
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
Scott

Scott

33 years of experience
469 reviews
Scott
33 years of experience
Volkswagen Vanagon - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Phoenix, Arizona
Very thorough, took his time to go over his findings- very pleased!
Enrique

Enrique

18 years of experience
244 reviews
Enrique
18 years of experience
Volkswagen Vanagon - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Orlando, Florida
We used Enrique for a pre-purchase inspection on an older Westfalia. He did an incredibly thorough job checking out the vehicle, taking over a 100 pictures for me to see what was going on with the car. His recommendations saved me money!
Gregory

Gregory

12 years of experience
21 reviews
Gregory
12 years of experience
Volkswagen Vanagon - Alternator Belt - Rio Vista, California
Thank you Gregory! He was on time and very personable and trustworthy. My first My Mechanic job and it was very well done. I will be back. Thanks. Ron
Augie

Augie

28 years of experience
263 reviews
Augie
28 years of experience
Volkswagen Vanagon - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Altadena, California
Augury provided great service, with a friendly professional approach. It was a pleasure doing business with him.

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Volkswagen Vanagon Service

Average Rating

5/5

Number of Reviews

9

Rating Summary
9
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
Red-stars EXCELLENT RATING ON
Number of Volkswagen Vanagon services completed
99+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT Volkswagen MECHANICS
700+
experts on our platform

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1-800-701-6230 · hi@yourmechanic.com