Center high mount stop light is not working

Tiny
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  • 2010 CHEVROLET EXPRESS
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • 2WD
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All related fuses are good as well as bulbs. Sockets are clean. Could it be a BCM issue?
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 4:34 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning,

Yes, it could be.

If you have normal brake lights to the rear, then the brake light switch is working correctly. It sends a signal to the BCM and then it goes to the center light.

Before assuming it is the BCM, you need to test for power coming out of the BCM. If there is power, then it could be wiring to the socket.

I would test it first before replacing an expensive part that will not fix it.

Roy
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 5:20 AM
Tiny
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Thanks Roy. I will check at my earliest convenience. By the way, I was told that the BCM checks for resistance from the bulb and then sends 12 volts. If not is found, it will not send 12 volts and the BCM will need to be reset. Is this true?
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 5:34 AM
Tiny
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No, it is not. It would do that if it controlled the ground.

No, the BCM does not have to be reset.

You need to check the voltages from the BCM to the socket.

Roy
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:02 AM
Tiny
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Thanks again. I imagine that I should also confirm that the brake switch is sending the input signal as well? 12 volts?
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:12 AM
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For the record. I'm a licensed electrician, not an auto mechanic. Sorry for any confusion.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:14 AM
Tiny
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No worries.

No to the brake light switch. As I stated before, if the brake lights in the rear are working, the switch is working and sending a signal to the BCM. You can test it but it will be good.

You need to concentrate on the wiring from the BCM to the third light.

Roy
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:19 AM
Tiny
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Very good, thanks again.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:21 AM
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You are welcome.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 6:23 AM
Tiny
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Hey Roy, can you send me a picture of the diagram in PDF format? It's hard to view when enlarged.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 7:58 AM
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Try this one.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 8:03 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, that's a bit better.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 8:12 AM
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Good.

Roy
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 8:17 AM
Tiny
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Hey Roy, can you tell me which color modular plug this wire is in? There are 7.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 12:54 PM
Tiny
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It is marked as X6 pin2. It is a light blue wire.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:11 PM
Tiny
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I do see some numbers on the plugs, but no x designations. I thought I could figure it out by process of elimination, but I don't see a light blue wire in any position 2.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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The pin arrangements are the same on all the connectors. There needs to be a light blue wire on one of them.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:30 PM
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Based on the picture you sent me, I believe I found x6, but pin 2 looks gray.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:40 PM
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The wire at the light is light blue?
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:41 PM
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I see a light blue wire. Use an ohmeter to see if is the wire to the third light socket.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:50 PM
Tiny
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There is a light blue wire on that plug, but it's definitely not position 2. And it has power now I just checked. Brake is not pressed.
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Friday, February 22nd, 2019 AT 1:52 PM

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