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How much does Brake Light Switch Replacement cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Brake Light Switch Replacement pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2009 Dodge Journey$110$15.43$94.9910%$122.93
2007 Volvo S40$132$37.15$94.998%$144.65
2015 Subaru WRX STI$116$21.27$94.999%$128.77
2013 Lincoln MKT$137$41.70$94.998%$149.20
2012 Audi A5 Quattro$156$61.03$94.997%$168.53
2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG$134$38.92$94.998%$146.42

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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Rohon

48 years of experience
64 reviews
Rohon
48 years of experience
Honda CR-V L4-2.4L - Brake Light Switch - North Palm Beach, Florida
Great experience. I appreciated that Rohon was early. He thoroughly explained the problem and how he fixed it. He was polite and courteous.

Thomas

12 years of experience
101 reviews
Thomas
12 years of experience
Kia Sedona V6-3.8L - Brake Light Switch - Fort Worth, Texas
Thomas was flexible with schedule, communicative prior to the appointment, and did the exact work we needed. Thanks so much!

Ben

41 years of experience
1416 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra L4-2.0L - Brake Light Switch - Houston, Texas
This guy might be the best mechanic iv ever seen anywhere. Iv never used an at home service before, but i will never take a vehicle to a shop again. I will call Ben.

Andrew

15 years of experience
506 reviews
Andrew
15 years of experience
Lincoln Town Car V8-4.6L - Brake Light Switch - West Linn, Oregon
Andrew was able to service my car earlier than anticipated but it worked out for both of us. It took him a half hour to install a brake light switch and it was done. Thank you for the service!

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