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On my 1989 olds cutlass why won't the brake light come on when pedal depressed the turn signal is all right?

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2007-09-20 14:20:16
2007-09-20 14:20:16

If both brake light bulbs fail to come on when the brake is depressed I'd check first to see if there may be a fuse that controls the brake light circuit. If there is no fuse and/or the fuse appears to be okay, the most likely culprit is a faulty brake light switch. This switch is located up and behind the brake pedal. There is a plunger that moves in and out acting as a switch when the brake pedal is depressed. It is this switch which possibly may be the culprit.

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