OK boys and girls. I have figured it out.
When I installed the new switch, somehow I cocked the gold trigger -- it came out of it holder. In this position, it was not pushing on the slide-switch properly and therefore, would not engage the stop lights.
I took it off again, found the problem, fixed it and reinstalled it. It is working just fine now. I have no idea how I did this but, once again, I screwed something up.
By the way, I went to a different vender (Checkers as opposed to NAPA) and they also pulled the same switch. So I know this is the right switch for that year but it probably covers several years including the '96 that you just mentioned.
Thank you very much for your efforts. I will use the forum again and I will donate next time.
Also, anyone changing this switch, you can save yourself a LOT of trouble by dropping the steering column down. It has only two nuts and it makes the switch much more accessible . Be careful to disconnect the small cable that goes to the shift indicator -- or you'll break it and compound your problem. Go to the below link for an additional discussion on this:
Once again, thanks for your trouble!!!
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 AT 6:09 PM