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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.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Jeep Cherokee $98 $17.76 $79.99 21% $125.26
2011 Honda Element $93 $13.48 $79.99 22% $120.98
2007 Ferrari 599 GTB $103 $23.01 $79.99 21% $130.51
2014 BMW 328i $133 $52.62 $79.99 17% $160.12
2009 Audi Q7 $141 $61.03 $79.99 16% $168.53
2007 Porsche 911 $106 $26.23 $79.99 20% $133.73

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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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Richard

19 years of experience
461 reviews
Richard
19 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Brake Light Switch - Atlanta, Georgia
Came early, worked efficiently, explained details of the brake switch design, answered questions clearly. Very satisfactory.
Nissan Sentra - Brake Light Switch - Atlanta, Georgia
Richard arrived on time, diagnosed the problem and had my car running in less than an hour. I was very impressed.

Joe

13 years of experience
358 reviews
Joe
13 years of experience
Chrysler Sebring - Brake Light Switch - Nashville, Tennessee
Joe was great! He diagnosed my cars issue over the phone and it saved me time and money. He fixed the problem quick and thoroughly.
Honda Civic - Brake Light Switch - La Vergne, Tennessee
Joe was great, gave me an alternative fix on brake light problem that was a lot cheaper than replacing whole brake pedal

Diego

19 years of experience
419 reviews
Diego
19 years of experience
Hyundai XG350 - Brake Light Switch - Glendale, Arizona
Diego took care of the repair in under 20 minutes. He was courteous and professional. I am very happy and will use this service again. I've already posted a recommendation on Facebook. This was a small job, but it saved me time and I didn't have to drive around town with my brake lights on looking for a shop that had the time to assist me. Perfect for seniors who can no longer do these little jobs that involve crawling under the dash.

Walter

44 years of experience
59 reviews
Walter
44 years of experience
Infiniti I30 - Brake Light Switch - Tulsa, Oklahoma
He was super awesome, incredibly knowledgeable about electrical repair. My last mechanic screwed me over. Walter fixed what could've been a very costly unnecessary repair. Super pleased, way less stressed. Please use Walter for your car needs!

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