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bradnree
08-29-2006, 04:50 PM
What is the test then fix for brake lights that don't work?? I have replaced the old brake light switch, and I do have power in one of the wires at the switch. thanks...brad

ST2DE5
08-29-2006, 05:03 PM
Did you clean out all the crud from behind the switch when you replaced it. There was a guy came by one day and had the same problem he had checked everything I took the switch out and there was no way fluid could get to it, I cleaned it out and they worked just fine. Just a thought.

ST2DE5
08-29-2006, 05:03 PM
Did you clean out all the crud from behind the switch when you replaced it. There was a guy came by one day and had the same problem he had checked everything I took the switch out and there was no way fluid could get to it, I cleaned it out and they worked just fine. Just a thought.

Roscomacaw
08-29-2006, 05:05 PM
The power goes THRU the brake litw switch when the brakes are applied and then up thru the turn signal switch. You could check to see that all the little wires in the junction block near the steering column are all in place and that their little bullet ends are nice 'n clean.
If you get the brake switch power to the TS switch (via a red wire with a white tracer), with the switch centered, you should get power to both brake lite filaments via their respective wires - one tan and one green.:D

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Roscomacaw
08-29-2006, 05:05 PM
The power goes THRU the brake litw switch when the brakes are applied and then up thru the turn signal switch. You could check to see that all the little wires in the junction block near the steering column are all in place and that their little bullet ends are nice 'n clean.
If you get the brake switch power to the TS switch (via a red wire with a white tracer), with the switch centered, you should get power to both brake lite filaments via their respective wires - one tan and one green.:D

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

N8N
08-29-2006, 05:07 PM
quick test - jumper the two connectors that go to the brake light switch together, if the lights still don't work, start looking at the turn signal switch like Biggs suggested. If they do work, it's the pressure switch.

good luck,

nate

--
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N8N
08-29-2006, 05:07 PM
quick test - jumper the two connectors that go to the brake light switch together, if the lights still don't work, start looking at the turn signal switch like Biggs suggested. If they do work, it's the pressure switch.

good luck,

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

studeclunker
08-29-2006, 05:43 PM
On a '60, isn't there a fuse link in there somewhere? Forgive my ignorance, I ran into a similar problem with my '62 and it was an in-line fuse. That's when I found out that there's no board for them, like in my '63-4. Does your dome light come on? It's on the same fuse as the stop light (according to the shop manual). Where that fuse is I've no idea.[8)] Um, under the dash near the light pull?[:I]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

studeclunker
08-29-2006, 05:43 PM
On a '60, isn't there a fuse link in there somewhere? Forgive my ignorance, I ran into a similar problem with my '62 and it was an in-line fuse. That's when I found out that there's no board for them, like in my '63-4. Does your dome light come on? It's on the same fuse as the stop light (according to the shop manual). Where that fuse is I've no idea.[8)] Um, under the dash near the light pull?[:I]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

Roscomacaw
08-29-2006, 10:39 PM
Hell Ron, I've forgiven your ignorance LONG ago! Question is, can you forgive Mine!??[:0][xx(]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Roscomacaw
08-29-2006, 10:39 PM
Hell Ron, I've forgiven your ignorance LONG ago! Question is, can you forgive Mine!??[:0][xx(]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

studeclunker
08-30-2006, 12:12 AM
Golly gee Mr. Biggs... What's to forgive? That was a question directed at you. You're the expert.

By the by... Does this mean I'm right?[?] Kewell!:D[8D]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

studeclunker
08-30-2006, 12:12 AM
Golly gee Mr. Biggs... What's to forgive? That was a question directed at you. You're the expert.

By the by... Does this mean I'm right?[?] Kewell!:D[8D]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith