Q: Running lights work, brake lights do not.

asked by on

My brake lights do not work, though my running lights still work.

It sounds like you may have a bad brake light switch. But that’s a common issue on these models with brake light not working, is the bulb socket contacts (aluminum) in the housing burn up. Remove the brake light bulb holder and examine the 2 contacts in the housing (not in the bulb holder). If one or both are burned up, you must replace the entire lens assembly/housing. A certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, can assist you with replacing your brake light switch, if needed.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Running lights work, brake lights do not.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Electrical issues with the gauges, interior lights, and rear wiper blade.

Hi there. When it comes to multiple systems and the electrical circuits malfunction, there is a power and ground issue. Check the battery cables and clean them with a tooth brush and baking soda with water. This will clean off...

Q: I replaced the brake light switch and still I have the same problem in my car. Also, I checked the stop lamp fuse and it is good.

Hi there. Check the wires from the brake light switch to the brake lights. There could be an open in the circuit making the light short to ground. Also the ground circuit could be loose making the switch not function...

Q: Q: Problem with the electrical system of the car

The BCM or body control module controls all of these items and there is a technical bulletin to get the BCM reprogramed. The reprogram should fix the issue for you. The dealer will have to do the reprogram for you....

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...