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Old 11-27-2004, 10:28 AM
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58 Chevy Apache : Brake Lights / Wiring Harness

The root of my problem is the fact that my brake lights do not work at all. Secondary problem is that I have no clue about wiring.

Simple fact is, my wiring it tore up. Looks like a fire waiting to happen.

I ordered a wiring kit from Chevy Duty. Think I'm goin to send it back tho, thing cost a ton more than the Ez Wire I just checked out.

I would like to just get my brake lights working till it warms up outside and I can rewire the whole thing. They used to come on with the headlights, but now they don't... nothing happens when I step on the brake.

I just read up on brake switches, so I think I can muddle my way through this.

But I would like some pointers. Its a real mess under my truck. And do you think I should send the Chevy Duty harness back? Damn thing cost like 300 bucks and I don't think its too special, I still need clips/straps, and conduits (or whatever they are called).
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Old 11-27-2004, 03:11 PM
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Wish I could help you out on the wiring, but it's been almost two years now and I can't remember the wiring sequence for the brake lights.

Look at the brake switch which is UNDER the floor board ... you step on the brake pedal and it activates the switch -- maybe you can get away with wiring from that point on ... until you do the total rewire.

I'd return the Chevy Duty kit pronto!

I did the EZ-Wire kit on my 54 pickup and it was fun! Plus, I've got plenty of extra fuses and wires for other things, like the AC I installed ... power seats (coming later) ... and whatever else comes up in the future.

You can see my EZ-Wire install Here

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I have a 59 1/2 ton. When I got it, my wires were messed up also. My turn signals would mess up when I hit the brake, etc. On these trucks, the brake lites are wired thru the turn signal switch.

I have 2 suggestions for you, 1) replace the turn signal switch and wires-- kits available from lots of places, try stovebolt.com for vendors.
or 2) wire the brake lites direct from a (+) source, (dont forget to fuse it!) Go from (+) to switch, to lights. Easy enough, Switch is under floorboard, facing engine.

I rewired my entire truck a year or so ago with AM. Classic wiring. Sure glad I did. It was easy and fun.
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Hi, fellow 58 owner! The brake light switch is on the engine side of the toe board and it has a little arm that comes down when you step on the brakes. Check to see if the arm is coming down. Sometimes this arm sticks from corosion or the like. If this part is ok then take a test light and check to see if you have power at the switch with the brakes off, then push the pedal down and see if you have power at the other terminal. If not it could be in the turn signal switch as suggested.If you do then you will have to chase the wiring on back to the lights.
Hope this helps you out.
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