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Q: Brake lights not working

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My brake lights aren't working even though I replaced the bulbs.

A: Hi! There seems to be an electrical fault i...

Hi! There seems to be an electrical fault in your car having to do with the switch that turns the brake lights on when the brake pedal is depressed. The exterior lighting is on one or several fused circuits, so the solution might not be immediately obvious. Have one of our trained mechanics at YourMechanic test the brake light circuitry, get it repaired, and help you avoid a citation.

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