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  • Brakes: still no brake lights

    The brake lights have not worked on my '52 Commander since I got it, recently. If I unplug the wires at the brake light switch and stick them together, the lights work. The switch appeared to be the original, old anyway, so I replaced it. Still, no brake lights. The brakes feel like they might need bleeding again, though a complete brake replacement was done before I got the car. That is my next plan, to bleed the brakes again and see if that fixes it, I hope.
    thom

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    Thom, make sure the junction block is clear. I have seen them get crudded up pretty bad. also that new switch could be bad. remove switch and have a helper LIGHTLY press brake pedal,a finger over B L port will keep most air out. Luck Doofus

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    • #3
      Try a brake light switch from a motorcycle. Harley I think. They require less pressure to activate.
      sals54

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      • #4
        Test for power out of the switch with voltmeter or test light when brake pedal is pushed. If you have power then, suspect the turn signal switch.

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        • #5
          Just got one for my 49 Champion yesterday at Federated Auto Parts, Standard SLS27. Around $11, 1/8 pipe thread, screwed right in. If your quick you may only lose few drops of fluid . Works ok. not wired through turn signals on 49.

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          • #6
            Studebaker International is my usual go-to for parts but they don't list a turn signal switch for my '52. Wonder if I can disassemble and clean it and fix it? Anybody tried it?
            I know the feed wire to the switch is "hot" now, because if I cross the wires the brake lights come on, but I don't know what is happening when the brake pedal is pushed.
            thom

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            • #7
              Like Sals54 said, go to a Harley-Davidson dealer and get a switch. It worked great in my Hawk.
              Paul
              I finally have a Stude I can drive! (sort of)
              1962 GT Hawk, 4 speed, a/c

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              • #8
                I can only imagine what a Harley switch would cost, if it's like every other Harley part I've known. And if the problem is in the turn signal switch, the Harley switch won't solve the problem anyway.
                thom

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                • #9
                  I bought mine at NAPA for about $12, and it comes with a 2 year warranty.

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                  • #10
                    Your problem is very likely as simple as cleaning out all the green corrosion INSIDE of those Wire Terminals, we had one yesterday on an Avanti at the Special Avanti Event that when you pressed on the terminals you would get contact, but when released, nothing.

                    They HAVE to be clean, dry and tight, also try crimping the Female Bullets a little tighter.
                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                    • #11
                      Dont you know? H-D means Hundred Dollars......

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