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If the brake switch fuses and bulbs are good and your center brake light works but your side brake lights will not work What would cause this?

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2015-07-16 18:25:29
2015-07-16 18:25:29

THIS COULD BE A BAD WIRE OR ALSO A BAD CONNECTION FROM COROSION INSIDE THE SOCKET THAT THE BULB FITS INTO. CHECK IT OUT FIRST AND CLEAN ANY THAT IS THERE BY GENTLY SCRATCHING IT OFF. ONE OF THE SOCKETS MIGHT ALSO BE BAD AND THAT MAY KEEP BOTH BREAK LIGHTS FROM WORKING. ALSO DO RESEARCH ONLINE AND YOU MAKE FIND OTHER THINGS THAT WOULD CAUSE THIS TO HAPPEN. GOOD LUCK AND I HOPE I WAS ABLE TO HELP A LIL BIT. JEAN

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