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    Alreet lads prob just a quick one (hopefully ! lol) - both my brake lights have gone but the bulbs are fine (changed one side to make sure ) and also the fuses are all fine - anyone know what could be wrong at all ?? the police kindly stopped and let me know today as well as giving me my fourth producer in the last 4 week !! bless em lol
     
     

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    Check the metal connectors on the bulb holders and where it sits into, when i first got mine i had the same problem, years of remove and turning the bulb holders had worn the metal connectors either thin or completely snapped off, so i soldered on new ones, now both brakes lights are fine, if thats not the case check your brake light switch, im not sure where it is exactly but im sure someone will be along to help abit more
     
     

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    cheers rugal will check them connectors out , dont know where the brake light switch is either ill have to do a search on here i think m8 :-)
     
     

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    ok isnt bulbs is the switch - read a couple of threads on here but newt that helps me in a way that i know how to fix/test it - anyone know how i "bridge" the connections on the switch at all ?
     
     

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    Is yours a 2 or 3 pin switch?
     
     

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    If you don't have OBC you'll have the two pin switch mate. GSF was the cheapest I found at 4.71inc VAT when I need one last year. My switch still worked if I wobbled it but for the price just change it out.

    You'll need to remove the trim under the steering where your knees touch and the switch will be on the end/top of the brake pedal mechanism. Get your head in there and get it unplugged and pice of wire across two pins and see if your brake lights turn on.
     
     

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    You'll have to snap the old switch out as its really hard keeping the pedal down and pressing the pins in (you'll know what I mean when you see the new switch).

    Good luck
     
     

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