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Old 04-30-2006, 06:02 AM
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Brake lights, head lights

I have two more questions. I have my rear tail lights working but no brake lights. Is there a switch somewhere Im missing? Second, my car was disassembled when I bought it. I cant figure out where the head light wires connect to the harness. I see there is a junction box on the drivers side inner fender well is this what I should be looking at?
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Brake lights, head lights

The headlights probably hook up to the junction block. On my 51 chev pickup that is where they got their power from. As for the brake lights, there should be switch on the master cylinder, sometimes these don't work. You will have to test it.

Here is link to a site with old chevy manuals on line. You can download the 1941 manual and I am sure most of your car is the same.

http://chevy.tocmp.com/
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Doc here,

You may want to check the brake pedal linkage above the dash for that switch also..

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Its a pressure switch on the master cylinder, I have a new one but didnt feel like bleeding my brakes after changing the switch. I got the head lights working thats enough for today. Thanks guys. The link to the manual was a big help!
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Before you replace the brake-light switch do this test.

Disconnect the (2) wires that connect to the brake-light switch and jumper them together.
If the brake lights work the switch is bad.
If the brake lights DO NOT work, look elsewhere. Fuse, bad bulbs,turn signal switch, mouse ate the wires....

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Doc here,

Or you could continuity check across the switch, with the brakes off, it should read infinite on a DVOM, set to R X 1 Ohms scale, calibrated to 000.

Then have someone step on the brakes , It should read 000.

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Just a follow up, I ended up replacing about a foot of wire to the pressure switch and the switch itself and I have brake lights!! I took it out for about a ten mile trip today and it ran pretty well.
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Just a follow up, I ended up replacing about a foot of wire to the pressure switch and the switch itself and I have brake lights!! I took it out for about a ten mile trip today and it ran pretty well.
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KEWL! Glad to hear you found and fixed the problem!

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Brake lights, head lights

Good to hear you got your lights working. Thanks for the update. When you took it out for you trip was it dark yet?
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Yes it was dark, I took it out at night. Brights,dims ,tail lights and brake lights worked. Im very happy. We are going to take it out this Friday night to a place called "Winks" people meet there with classic cars. Thanks again for all the advice everybody.
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