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Rick's 66 Chevy Van

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brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:36 pm

iam having brake lights promblem on my 65 chevy van all my lights work but when i put my brakes on they dont work any ideas??
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:24 pm

connect the 2 wires together that go on the brake light switch and see if the lights go on,,,,,



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Rick's 66 Chevy Van

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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:31 pm

sorry man where is the switch located and do you splice them ?and then touch together?
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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:33 pm

if it does then what and if they dont what??
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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:15 pm

where can i get that switch??
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Re: brake lights

Post by rocky69rhodes on Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:57 pm

google it
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Rick's 66 Chevy Van

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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:23 pm

have
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:14 pm

so,,,,,,,IF the brake lights came on when you disconnected the 2 wires and connected them together then you are getting somewhere,,,,,make sure the connectors are clean and see if the switch now works,,,,,,if you need a switch here is one,,,,,,also do a search for Delco D881,,,,,


http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx/Stoplight-Switch/_/R-ECHSL175_0460774943
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:17 pm

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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:50 pm

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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:47 pm

Thanks buddy your the best
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Re: brake lights

Post by GMman on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:03 am

I just got one in the mail that I ordered on Ebay. It's a Standard SLS65 break light switch which was used on a variety of vehicles in the 60's and early 70's. I found mine for $15 plus free shipping.

An old trick to use when your checking to see if your break lights work is to position a mirror behind your van and aim it to your line of sight so you can see the break lights when you are working on the break light wires or switch. When I worked at the Chevy dealership I had an old rearview mirror that I could store in my tool cabinet that I would use. The mirror post worked as a prop that I could aim the mirror with. It works if you don't have someone to help you see if your rear lights are working if your in or under your vehicle.
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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:28 am

Awlsome thanks gG
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Re: brake lights

Post by diamond dave on Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:42 pm

the switch is right behind the grille on the drivers side. if you pull the wires off the switch, one of them should have power to it and the other shouldn't have power. if you have power to one wire, then you should test the switch next. if neither wire has power, then you should check your fuses.
to test the switch, take the two wires and touch them together, one of two things will happen.
you get brake lights: replace the switch. or. . . .
you don't get brake lights: head up to the turn signal switch. follow the wiring up to it. the wire that doesn't have power at the switch is the one that goes up to the turn signal switch.
I hope this helps.
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Re: brake lights

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:56 pm

Thanks guys it was the switch replaced and i have Brake lights got it at NAPA
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Re: brake lights

Post by Vantasia on Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:44 pm

Now if you put the switch in and they still don't work, look at your turn signal switch, the brake lights go through this switch. There is a set of thin reed contacts in there that make and break with the signal cam and they wear out or break loose. GM even sold replacements in small bags for them, but today you need to replace the whole switch to repair them, but if you need them, you probably need a turn switch anyway. But check inside (pull your wheel) to look at these contacts, most brake light problems are there especially if one side works and other doesn't.
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:00 pm

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Re: brake lights

Post by Vantasia on Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:37 pm

That's them! Once they get bent they are goners! I actually saw them in a GM bag for sale once, but easier to just replace the switch if you need them, mine were mangled.
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Re: brake lights

Post by ac95 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:14 pm

Where is the brake light switch located? Disregard. The answer is in the post above. Duh.


Last edited by ac95 on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:32 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Figured it out.)
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Russell

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Re: brake lights

Post by Russell on Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:59 am

donivan65 wrote:
I think this is my problem, my drivers side brake light is not working but the turn signal is? Probably the center post #1 is not touching when the signal is turned off?
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:34 pm

,,,maybe jiggle the turn signal handle with the brake pedal down and see if you can make that # 6 LR band make contact with that #1 signal from the brake light switch and turn that brake light on for a test,,,,,,but that switch has probably seen better days,,,,,,,,
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Russell

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Re: brake lights

Post by Russell on Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:26 pm


Is there a way to move the plastic arm out of the way of the contacts without breaking it?
I think if I could get at the pin I could clean it at the contact point.
If the plastic arm was not in the way I could clean it easily.
Looks like I will have to remove the assembly to get the arm off?
I had a broken one I left in the Panel when I sold it, if I still had it I probably could have robbed the contact part from it Rolling Eyes
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Re: brake lights

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:31 pm

you gots to dig deep,,,,,,that cancelling arm has a screw under it,,,,,,,which means you undo the connectors,,,,and the screws holding the switch in, then pull the switch out enough to get to under it to that 1 screw,,,,,,,,and,,,,,,,them there bobby pins in the switch dont like to be touched,,,,,they got to be bent PERFECT so they make all 6 contacts,,,,,,,


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Russell

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Re: brake lights

Post by Russell on Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:48 am

That's what I thought, Thanks Donivan
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Russell

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Re: brake lights

Post by Russell on Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:47 am

I took it apart and gently sanded between the contacts and sprayed some electrical cleaner in there, All of my lights are working again.

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