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Volvo Brake light switch replacement
Is It Important To Replace A Faulty Brake Light Switch On Your Volvo?
If you're getting a few honks and hostile people passing you on the road, maybe it’s because your Volvo's brake lights are not working.
It is common for a brake light bulb to blow now and again, but for all your Volvo's brake bulbs to blow at once is definitely not typical.
If they do, this will be due to an electrical fault, usually from a faulty relay, fuse or switch. This can put you in a dangerous position on the road, especially if you need to brake suddenly with other drivers behind you.
If it's identified that the brake light switch is at fault, it will need to be replaced quick smart. This is a fairly straightforward task and shouldn’t take any longer than an hour to perform, depending on how difficult it is to access the switch on your Volvo.
The brake light switch is an electrical device located in the driver's footwell. It can be found attached to the top bracket mount of the brake pedal mechanism.
It has a one or two-way switch and connects to the vehicle’s wiring. It has a button/rod at the end which manually contracts and extends.
When the brake pedal is pushed in, this action releases the brake light switch which in turn signals the circuit to activate the brake lights.
In some vehicles that utilise vehicle stability control, push-button start and anti-lock braking systems (ABS), a faulty brake light switch can cause issues with these systems.
A faulty switch may also mean you won’t be able to get out of park, if you have an automatic transmission.
Symptoms your Volvo brake light switch may be faulty:
- No brake lights are working
- The switch has been damaged
- ABS warning light illuminating on the dash
- The switch keeps sticking or is faulty
- The brake lights stay on continuously
Remember to check brake light fuses and relays before considering if it is the brake light switch that is faulty. Arrange an inspection with an AutoGuru expert to confirm it’s the brake light switch.
Without brake lights, you run the risk of having an accident or receiving a fine.
Get it fixed immediately or park your Volvo in the garage until you have time to get it replaced.