brake light isn't working

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by CarpenterGuy, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. CarpenterGuy

    CarpenterGuy Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    I have a friend who just got a 96 silverado with the 5.7 in it. He was talking to me today and he said his brake light isn't working. I told him to check the fuses and the bulb to make sure they werent blown. What could keep the light from lighting up when he pushes on the brake?
  2. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Switch under the dash connected to the brake pedal? Does he have turn signals and tail lights?
  3. tlperry68

    tlperry68 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Sometime there is water intrusion from the lense seal. Tell him to check the electrical contacts and maybe clean them. A pencil eraser can get in there and "sand" off any build up.
  4. CarpenterGuy

    CarpenterGuy Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    He said his signals and stuff work, jut not the brake light.

    I'll have him check the contacts
  5. EagleTalons

    EagleTalons Rockstar 100 Posts

    First off when working with lighting system. Go to your local auto parts dealer and buy a light tester then systematically check components.

    Starting with:

    Power to the brake switch.

    Power from the brake switch.

    Power from the power box into the engine compartment.

    Power at the "T" which connects your brake lights to your trailer hookup.

    Power before the light fixture.

    Power at the bulb base.

    Hopefully this helps. It should help you isolate the component. If all else fails take it to a shop.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008
  6. mehoff400

    mehoff400 Rockstar 100 Posts

    is it one brake light or both? i know the connection at the light bulb is known to corrode i had to replace the whole connector on my last truck on the driver side
  7. CarpenterGuy

    CarpenterGuy Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Neither of them work. Push on the pedal and neither of em work.

    I'll have him try the tester

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