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Old 05 Oct 2007, 03:18 pm
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Default How do you replace brake light switch on a 95 civic? need very detailed answer (IM A NEWB)?

I have a 95 Civic with automatic trans and I've just noticed the brake lights on my car don't work when I'm in drive. all the bulbs are fine, and fuse has been replaced. they work in park and neutral but not drive. i want to replace myself but im a car newb so please be detailed.Also every once in a while my car, once on, will not shift out of park. More specifically the button on the shifter will not depress. I can turn the car off and use the shift lock release to put the car in neutral then start it, but if its already on in park the button sticks.thanks in advance!!!!!
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Old 05 Oct 2007, 03:21 pm
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You will need a 14 mm open end wrench and a small pocket flat blade screw driver. find the switch above the brake pedal and find the electrical plug. use the screwdriver to take it off. then loosen the nut on the switch with your wrench. next install the new switch and turn it in until its almost all the way down. attach the plug. check the lights and make sure the brake lights work. next if your car has cruise control drive your car and make sure it still works. if may need to adjust the switch in or out a turn . once all things are OK. tighten the lock nut on the switch
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Old 05 Oct 2007, 03:24 pm
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OK, move the seat back as far as it will go, grab a 12 mm open end wrench (get a 14 mm also cause I'm not sure of the size), get a flash light and position yourself so you can look at the top of the brake pedal. behind the arm of the brake pedal there will be a bracket with the brake light switch in it, locate the switch and disconnect the electrical connector (can be tricky, you have to find the right tab to squeeze). there will be a jam nut that holds the switch in place on the bracket, take the wrench and break the nut loose. this will allow you to unscrew the switch from the bracket (righty, tighty, lefty, loosey), remove the switch by unscrewing counter clockwise from the back. install by screwing the new switch in. the switch is activated by the button on the nose extending outward (spring loaded), to adjust properly, screw the switch in watching the button on the nose, with the pedal fully up, the button should be depressed approximately 1/2 the way of its travel. be careful not to adjust it too far in or it can cause brake drag/application. hold the switch and tighten the jam nut to keep the switch from moving. have an assistant depress and release the brake to confirm proper operation. hope it fixes it. have fun.
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