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Old 12-09-2002, 08:15 PM
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I have a 53 chevy truck I put an ez wiring harness in. I can't figure out how to get the brake lights working. I have two wires coming from the fuse block labeled brake switch and brake power. Both are short wires which I assumed would stay inside the cab. I have the proportioning valve from a older chevy (80's) and wondered what relation this has to the brake light system. I figure this is the switch but would that mean that the brake switch wire goes to that pro valve? The ez wiring manual was kind enough to not include that portion of the instructions. Thanks

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53chev,

your brakelight switch is a normally-open switch that closes to make contact when you brake. Unless your proportioning valve has a pressure switch on it, then you will have to use a regular brake switch which should be part of your brake pedal assembly. If you wired your truck properly then your brake lights should come on when you connect the 'brake power' and 'brake switch' wires. If so, connect these to your brakelight switch and everything should be fine.

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The proportioning valve does have a cap and wire coming off an electrical post that goes into the middle of the valve. I used a swing brake pedal assembly out of a 90 chevy truck. So would I be better off buying a contact switch and putting it behind the top of the brake pedal?
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i would use a switch on the pedal. i think this is safer because it will turn on your brake lights right away when you hit the pedal. i had a '48 dodge that had a pressure-switch style brake switch and i didn't like it because the brakelights wouldn't come on until you really got on it.

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If you are sold on the pressure switch, Ron Francis has a low pressure brake switch listed in their catologue. I used it in conjunction with their wiring kit and it works fine.
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