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Old January 12th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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No brake lights! Need help.

I'm up in Boulder/Denver and on my way up here last night, I noticed when I got here(woops!) that the brake lights don't work. It was pretty wet on the drive. I checked all fuses and bulbs and everything was fine. I then took out the left rear and the connection was pretty corroded. I tried to sand the connection and one of the three connects broke off. Would this cause all the brake lights to not work including the third light? I'm so bad with electrical. Any help would be great. One more thing, do the dealers carry these parts? Thanks.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 12:03 PM
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The brake light circuit is screwy. If the connectors are corroded it could be any number of failure points. The best thing is to replace all the stuff with new. If you like spending money on your truck, pop for a set of LED's from ECR. Otherwise, if you don't like doing this stuff yourself, just take it to an auto electrics place and have them sort it for you.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Thanks Jim. Gonna try some new light assembly first. They thought that since my brake running lights work but when you step on the brake that none of the lights light up, that it may be the brake switch. A part that they don't have btw. I have to drive back to Durango tomorrow am so I may have to use some good old hand signals. Anybody know if you can use a generic switch for that?
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Old January 12th, 2009, 04:25 PM
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The brake light swtich is pretty easy to get to, it just threads into the back of the pedal housing right by the bulkhead. Its easy to pull the leads, jumper them, and see if your lights are working.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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Since the running lights work it sounds like the brake light switch. I don't know if you can use a generic, but I can tell you that replacing the switch is a pain in the rear.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 12:25 AM
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I had this issue with my 94. Simple fix was to pull the rear passenger speaker and clean the bullet plugs. A little dielectric grease and I my brake lights were back.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Good to see another Durango guy. Spent half my life there. I would put a meter on it and check for power starting at the front and work my way back if the other good suggestions fail. If you don't have one, even an inexpensive pen light would work.

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Old January 13th, 2009, 09:44 PM
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I would put a meter on it and check for power starting at the front and work my way back if the other good suggestions fail. If you don't have one, even an inexpensive pen light would work.
Harborfreight has meters for $5 or less. I want to believe other shops have similar items similarly priced (they are not great but work fine for auto electrics).
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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:30 AM
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My 94 had the same problem and I found one of the leads on the switch had come off, simple fix.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for all the help guys. Seems the brake switch has failed. no parts anywhere near den. So I ordered one. Had to do the drive home without the brake lights. no issues though. No traffic on the way back which was nice. thanks again.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 11:18 PM
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Durango Rover. I noticed you got your issue solved but I am now in the same boat as you. I have a trip tomorrow but on brakes. I have some questions for you on this. I am thinking this all starts with the passenger side first and works its way to the drivers side. I guess my point in bringing this up is this. If I check this harness behind the rear speaker does this impact all the brake lights or just the light above the rear door? I sure hope my brakes switch is not shot.

What I do notice is that I am not getting the odd electrical issues that others get like my toaster oven kicking on when I hit the turn signal.
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