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    Default '08 Brake Light Switch

    I tried to search for this, so sorry if it's a dup. The brake light switch on my '08 silverado is about my only complaint about the truck. It does not work right. I took it to the dealer and they replaced it, but it's not a malfunction, but a design problem. I pull a snowmobile trailer with my truck and I can easily see the reflection of my brake lights at night off the trailer. I can almost bring the truck to a stop without the lights ever coming on. You have to press far too hard for them to engage. I can also hold it on a downhill incline at a stoplight w/o them coming on. My Dad recently followed me up to Michigan and commented on it also. It's not safe. I like to be able to barely tap on the pedal and let people know what I'm thinking. Every other vehicle I've ever owned has been like that.
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    Anyone else notice this?

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    Haven't touched the '08 yet, but there should be some sort of adjustment.

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    Agreed on the adjustment thing. I say take it back to the dealership to get it fixed properly under warranty. That is a SERIOUS hazard.

    Hopefully you'll hear from other '08 owners that will tell you if it's just your particular truck or if they have something similar going on.

    Good luck,

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    Yea, it's not the same style as the older trucks. The last time I even looked at a switch was in a 70's model truck that pushes in the switch. I'll take a picture later today. I'm looking to see if I can do something to 'make it work'. Not really adjustable. All electronic. I may take it back to the dealer, but I think I'm wasting my time. I always get the "we can put a new one on it, but it's the same part" excuse. Which is right, in their defense, they didn't design it. I'll let you know. Thanks.

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    Oh...the main thing I forgot. If you press down the pedal slightly in your driveway and the brake lights do come on, if you don't move your foot at all, the lights turn off after about 1-2 seconds.

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    I have an 08 and the same problem its rather annoying, the dealer said its normal. Did you get the problem fixed yet and what was the malfunction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy_b0y View Post
    I have an 08 and the same problem its rather annoying, the dealer said its normal. Did you get the problem fixed yet and what was the malfunction?
    No I haven't. I need to go back again and have a few things done, just haven't had the time. I'll post an update when I do. I noticed that it disengages the cruise control with the slightest tap, but it doesn't kick on the lights.

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    I have an '07. I found out that my brake lights weren't working when my aftermarket remote starter wasn't working. I brought it to the remote starter installer and he said this is COMMON in these years. I have been without brake lights for weeks.

    I wanted it repaired ASAP (for obvious reasons) and found an auto parts store that carried one for $20 and replaced it. It is a simple fix. However, after installing the new one, the brake lights come on and stay on (bright) unless you tap the brakes a few times, or they come one and go right back off again. The brake rod just pushes in a little white button. It doesnt appear there should be any adjustment necessary!

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