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DRIVER SIDE BRAKE LIGHT DOES NOT WORK?

1998 Buick Century • 115,350 miles

I have changed the bulb and it did not work. I put a test light to the plug and it barely lights it up compared to the other side that lights up the tester bright. All of my turn signals and marker lights work on the front and the back. Just that one brake light does not work. Would the brake switch be bad? Thank you for your time.
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Jerryarvid
May 10, 2012.



INSURE BOTH SIDE OF THE EQUATION ARE CLEAN (DO THIS WITH THE POWER OFF) I MEAN BULB AND SOCKET. USING DIELECTRIC GREASE IS A PLUS ALSO

IF THAT IS NO HELP

RUN A JUMPER WIRE FROM A GOOD GROUND--I PREFER ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BATTERY'S NEG POST

I HAVE A GOOD MANY LONG JUMPER W/ ALLIGATOR CLIPS ON BOTH ENDS---I GET STUCK TROUBLESHOOTING WIRING ON UTILITY TRAILERS AND BOAT TRAILERS

ANYWAY LETS ATTACH THE END OPPOSITE OF THE BATTERY TO METAL ADJACENT TO THE SOCKET (IF THE METAL IS PART OF THE SOCKETS GROUND)

IF IT AIN'T

PUSH A "STRAIGHT PIN"--"NEEDLE"--"HAT PIN"INTO THE GROUND WIRE AS CLOSE TO THE SOCKET AS POSSIBLE. THEN ATTACH YOUR ALLIGATOR CLIP ON TO IT (THE PIN STUCK INTO THE COPPER WIRE)

THIS WILL INSURE YOU HAVE A GROUND TO TEST BY----IF IT ALL WORKS FINE, YOU ARE GONNA HAVE TO TRACE DOWN WHERE THE ORIGINAL GROUND IS SUPPOSED TO HOOK TO THE BODY OR FRAME AND REPAIR/ CLEAN/ REATTACH IT

MANY TIMES THE BULBS ARE DIM--EVEN MAKE THE OTHERS ALTERNATE FLASHING DIMLYUSUALLY ITS A BAD GROUND, AND THE ONLY REASON YOU SEE THE DIM LIGHTS IS BECAUSE IT'S SEEKING A GROUND THRU THE OTHER TURN SIGNAL OR RUNNING LIGHT WIRE

KEEP US POSTED ON PROGRESS

SENDING GOOD PICS OF YOUR SITUATION MAY HELP ALSO

THE MEDIC


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CJ MEDEVAC
May 10, 2012.
I have done all that you said to do, and nothing has worked yet. I replaced the socket on the drivers side in cass it was a bad wire there but that did not work either. My next step I think is I am going to replace the brake switch and maybe even the turn signal switch. I have traced down the ground wires and have cleaned them up. This is really baffling, any ideas? Thank you


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Jerryarvid
May 15, 2012.
Passenger coming on-check the yellow wire on the bulb socket for the driver side- no power there-investigate the turn signal switch
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Rasmataz
May 15, 2012.

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