1988 Chevy Corvette Brake Lights

Tiny
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  • 1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 75,000 MILES
My brake lights quit working. Everything else is working, including the third brake light. I assumed the wires broke on the turn signal switch due to the tilt column. I replaced the switch and the lights work now, but if you tilt the wheel down they go out. If I move the wheel down slow they work, but faster, they go out. Also, when they are on, with the car off, no keys, if I turn on the turn signal, that side goes out, flip to the other side it goes out, for example, right signal, right light out, but left brake on. What am I missing?
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 9:33 PM

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Tiny
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Was the switch hooked up properly? Also check for broken wires and relays.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 10:02 PM
Tiny
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I put an AC Delco new switch in so I doubt the wires are broken. I do not know what relay it could be if the turn signals, hazzards, parking, and third brake light always work, even when the brake lights do not.
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Saturday, July 12th, 2008 AT 11:48 PM
Tiny
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Im saying your wires not the parts you put in.

Sometimes new parts are faulty, most electrical parts fail right after hookup.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 9:28 AM
Tiny
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I am wondering if there is any thing else in the steering column that could be wrong. When I first got the new turn switch and wires, I plugged it in at the bottom and quickly realized that it had to be mounted in the column to work. There are at least 2 contact points in the column.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 9:35 AM
Tiny
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Could have some broken wires, remind me when you read this to look up a diagram if I can, cant find a diagram tonight, net is awful slow.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2008 AT 11:11 PM
Tiny
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I had a buddy watch the lights while I went under the dash. As I pulled/pushed on the white wire in the new turn switch plug, the lights went off/on! I looked at the old plug and the same connector was black. It must have been sparking too. Is there a good way to make this connection better?
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Monday, July 14th, 2008 AT 6:25 AM
Tiny
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Hmm sounds like that could be causing your problems.

First make sure its the right switch.

Then if it is cut and splice the wires together by wraping them and then using a soldering guns solder them up good then wrap them with some infoil right on the metal around the solder then wrap that with electrical tape. Should have a very good low resistance circuit then.
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Monday, July 14th, 2008 AT 9:22 AM

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