Rear brake lights won't work on my car – any ideas!?…
1999 Skoda Octavia – I’ve…
• Checked all bulbs and switched with ones I know are working and with new ones.
• Swapped and check fuses with ones that I know work.
• Wiggled all visible connections and all seem fine.
The high level brake light works fine.
…so what now!
Any ideas appreciated.
Ta!Posted 4 years agounovoloMember
Had a similar thing with my old Merc A-class which also put it into ‘limp mode’.Posted 4 years ago
Took the switch off from the brake pedal ,dismantled it,cleaned all the contacts with a bit of wet and dry paper(the contacts did have black deposits)
Put it all back together ,hey presto all working again/
Cost £0 + 20mins labour.maxtorqueMember
I’d be surprised if the high level lamp was driven by a different switch or relay than the main lamps tbh. It suggests a wiring fault at the point where the main and rear lamp loom splits off. If all the other lamp functions are working (indicators, fogs etc) then it suggests the lamp unit earths are ok too. You should be able to turn up a wiring diagram for this car online without too much issue, which will also show the location of the wiring connectors/joins etc. Pin through with a multimeter to find the point at which it goes wrong!Posted 4 years ago
I couldn’t fix it last night and it’s gone in for its MOT and service today – so I’ll be picking up a bill for this!
I was just giving all the lights a quick check as I hate picking up charges for bulbs when I have spares in the boot. Really surprised no-one has been flashing me to let me know they were broken.
Someone also clobbered by drivers wing mirror last night and cracked it – still intact so hopefully they’ll be lenient with that.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Really surprised no-one has been flashing me to let me know they were broken
reckon mine had been like it for months, and nobody flashed. Not even the cop car on the autobahn behind me when I had to do an emergency braking. Cop didn’t pull me over, nor did he pull the pillock 3 cars ahead who did a lane swerve.
Broken mirror glass = fail?Posted 4 years ago
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