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10/7/13 4:12pm - Original Message: 'Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
VikingVette
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Greetings earthlings,
It has a been a while since I have been on here.  I was at a car show (with my '78) this past Saturday and someone told me that I had no brake lights...YIKES!  The only thing that I have done is to look at the fuse box.  It bites getting older....can't get head close enough for reading glasses, but to far away to see small print.....arrrrrgggghhhhh.  Are the brake lights on a certain fuse?  I guess if not the fuse, then probably the switch on the brake pedal?  Probably original for both.
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10/7/13 4:33pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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You could be correct..either the fuse or the switch.  Or...both tail light bulbs could be burned out.  

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10/7/13 4:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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So are the brake lights on a separate fuse?  If so, do you know which one?

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10/7/13 4:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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I can't say for sure on a '78, but my '69 has a separate 20 amp fuse for the brake/hazard light circuit.  I would think the '78 wouldn't be any different.

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10/7/13 5:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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If the brake and hazards are on the same fuse (as they should be....duh) I bet those teeny, tiny white letters will read 'HAZ' or 'HAZARD' and not brakes.  Thanks for that tip.

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10/7/13 5:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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Try activating your hazard lights...if they work properly then you know both the fuse and bulbs are ok.  Then you know it's the brake light switch.  If they don't work, then it still could be a fuse or bad bulbs.

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10/7/13 5:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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GREAT idea......thunk me in the head!!!!!!!  Can you say DUH?????
 
Thank you very much
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10/7/13 7:49pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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Your owners manual should have a diagram of the fuse block.

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10/7/13 8:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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its a 20 amp fuse Stop/Hazard here is a diagram that will help
 


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10/7/13 8:24pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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10/7/13 10:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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If the turn signals work, that tells you the bulbs are good. You either have a bad fuse, a brake switch that is bad/disconnected/out of adjustment, a wiring issue, or..horrors...a bad turn signal switch....
Turn sigs working eliminate the bulbs as a problem. If the hazzards work, the fuse is good. If the hazzards DO work, hit the brake pedal while they are flashing....see if they stop flashing.


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10/8/13 7:09am - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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thank you all for your advice.  last night I tried the hazards lights and NOPE...nada....nothing.  I got the same blank look as I used to get from my teenage daughters in days gone by.  I did not try the blinkers.  Thank you for the fuse chart, with these eyes, that will help a LOT!
David

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10/8/13 9:48am - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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good luck like your warning LOL

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10/8/13 12:07pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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rraider1 said: good luck like your warning LOL


More helpful hints from that radar guy and the Texas-Man with the "In-bread" Cat!!!!
 
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10/8/13 1:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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VikingVette said:... last night I tried the hazards lights and NOPE...nada....nothing

Kinda looking like a bad fuse at this point. Good luck getting under there to look, and change it out....Angry
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10/8/13 1:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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If only I could insert another joint (NO, not that kind of joint...sheeeesh) half way between my elbow and my wrist, I would be ok.  Me thinks that I will remove front seat first.  I just do not bend like that anymore!!!!!

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10/8/13 6:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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VikingVette said: If only I could insert another joint (NO, not that kind of joint...sheeeesh) half way between my elbow and my wrist, I would be ok.  Me thinks that I will remove front seat first.  I just do not bend like that anymore!!!!!


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ask your smaller more nimbler neighbor to give you a HAND !


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10/8/13 8:02pm - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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ceastham1 said:
VikingVette said: If only I could insert another joint (NO, not that kind of joint...sheeeesh) half way between my elbow and my wrist, I would be ok.  Me thinks that I will remove front seat first.  I just do not bend like that anymore!!!!!


or ....

ask your smaller more nimbler neighbor to give you a HAND !


Why do you think I have my 16 year old daughter as my head mechanic!Clap

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10/9/13 11:09am - Reply: 'Re: Dumb-as-a-rock brake light question'
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You slide in head- first upside down- feat in the air-Hope you have one of those button to push I made it in but I cant get out! Embarrassed

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