Simple ways to troubleshoot your brake lights

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It is important for you to test your brake lights periodically and consistently. This can be done couple times a year. Read below to know correct ways of troubleshooting car brake lights!

Try and create a picture of yourself with other members of your immediate family, embarking on a holiday trip to one of the beautiful resorts. Widen your imagination on the incredible experience the vacation will be. While driving on the highway, you decide to take a short stop at the gas station and decide to fill your car and probably pick up few things from the grocery store at the station. Unknown to you, the brake lights are not working and you are already slowing down your vehicle. Right behind you is a truck that is moving at a very fast speed and the driver of the truck has no idea you are slowing down since your brake lights are not working.

Imagine the catastrophe such negligence of yours will cause the entire family and even the condition of the vehicle you are driving as a result of the collision. Do you know you can avoid this just by reading this educative simple ways of testing your car brake lights?

1. How to troubleshoot brake light problems

It is important for you to test your brake lights periodically and consistently. This can be done couple times a year. And if your brake lights are not working, endeavor to fix them right away.

The process can be carried out individually or having someone around to help you with it. I personally recommend having someone around to make the process less stressful. The person will help you check the light when you step softly on the brake pedal to see if the lights are working properly.

A typical car comes with 3 brake lights: two at the either side of the rear bumper and the Cyclops light located in the back window of your car. Brake lights like other lights in your car rely on electrical system. This implies series of switches and fuses that protect the circuit. In any situation when any of the brake lights are not working, it means that your brake light bulbs are burnt, the brake light system is damaged or the wiring switch is broken. Do not fidget yet, there is a simple way you can identify and find a simple solution to these problems.                                 

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Brake lights stopped working? Check the fuse box!

Do you know that each part of your car electrical system corresponds to a fuse? This fuse primarily prevents amperage over-loading and consequently, the failure of this fuse will affect your brake lights. Exciting news is, it will give you temporary relief that your brake light bulbs are not burnt. Here on naijauto.com, we will teach you how to perform simple brake light troubleshooting exercise at home.

2. How to troubleshoot your fuse box

The power distribution centre (fuse box) houses the brake light system fuse. You can attempt to take a look as it is located under the dashboard, at least in most cars. You can also refer to your car manual in case you do not know where the fuse box is.

To test whether the fuse is working, you have to perform a simple troubleshooting by acquiring a test light at a nearest auto shop. After getting the test light, you have to switch on your ignition, attach the test light to the two ends of the fuse and place the bulb on the ground. Remember I said you need to get someone to help you though you can still perform this by yourself.

You need to step on your gas pedal to see if the light illuminates from the test light. If it does, it means the fuse is functional and you may probably need to replace the brake light bulb. But it only illuminates after connecting the test light to one side of the fuse, it simply means the fuse is faulty and needs replacement.

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Troubleshooting your fuse box for brake light problem is quite simple

If after procuring a new fuse and repeating the process above, you discover the light doesn’t work after you press the pedal, it denotes a more difficult situation and may require the attention of an expert.

3. How to replace your brake light bulbs

In a situation whereby you need to replace the light bulb after trouble-shooting, you may need your car manual with simple instruction on how to replace those light most especially the difficult to change Cyclops bulb at the back window. The good news about replacing those bulbs is that you may decide to go for a regular bulb or the expensive halogen light bulb which is costlier. Always remember to consult your mechanic in any of these do not work.

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4. How to check your brake light switch

The final step in troubleshooting your brake lights is applying similar checking method if you feel the brake light switch is responsible for your brake light issue.

The break light switch connects and completes the brake light circuit in a car. It involves the external and internal response of two-wire fuse. It is often located near the brake pad but you may also need to consult your vehicle manual to know where it is located in your car. The simple process here is connecting your sensor to the two wire switch. This will also help you know whether you need to change your light bulb. You may probably need to visit your mechanic if you still cannot figure out where the problem is.

                                              

Simple technique of troubleshooting brake light problems

Remember, the lesson learnt here is some brake light problems may not necessarily require professional hands. But if it does, do not hesitate to fix it in time using this free tutorial.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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