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Why does my 2003 Volkswagen jetta have no brake lights when you step on the pedal?

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2010-06-17 00:44:07
2010-06-17 00:44:07

Two things, one the brake light switch needs to be replaced, it sits on top of the brake pedal. There is a recall for this switch for free, called an N4 recall. If you have not had this done then do so. The last thing thing is you have some bulbs out. They are single filament bulbs.

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Most likely the brake switch. Not for sure with this model, but brake switches are almost always easily accessibile being located somwhere in line with the brake pedal.



Defective brake light switch, or it is out of adjustment. Located on the brake pedal arm. there is a recall on the brake lite switch , check your local dealer..


When you push the brake pedal.


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When you step on the brake pedal, you close a switch at the top of the arm that holds the pedal. That puts power to the brake lights



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Brake lights are on continuously while you are driving. Every time the brake pedal is depressed.



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Follow the brake pedal up behind the dash. The pedal arm ususally operates a button that turns on the lights when the pedal is pushed. The button could be stuck.


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you do not adjust the brake lights check the bulbs or check switch top of brake pedal.


Brake Lights Stay on Unless the Brake Pedal is RaisedThis is usually caused by the brake light switch being out of adjustment in its physical distance to the contact point on the brake pedal arm.


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Please re-phrase your question; it appears you are saying the brake lights come on when you push the brake pedal and the lights are working (normal operation). If the lights are staying on after you release the pedal, then the problem is with th brake light switch (sticking). Thanks Malcolm


If all the fuses are good, then most likely the brake light switch right on the brake pedal inside the car. Check that.


Look under the dash on the driver's side, half way down the brake pedal. When you depress the brake pedal, the pedal moves away from this switch, which allows the brake light pedal circuit to complete, and your brake lights come on. This brake light switch is always hot/on, as required by federal law, so that even with no key in the ignition, if you hit your brake pedal, the brake lights will come on.




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