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How to - Change Brake Light Switch

Discussion in 'Mk1 Leon FAQ's (1M) 2000-2006' started by Stan 24v, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. BoostHard

    BoostHard Complete Plonker

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    Didn't think you could reset the switch once they have been fitted,
    You need to get it right 1st time.
     
  2. fipsy

    fipsy Guest

    What I meant by reset is start from scratch. As in unlocked, piston fully extended like it should come as new.
     
  3. cwalte

    cwalte Active Member

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    Excellent write-up! Easy to do and a lot cheaper than any garage! Thanks!
     
  4. KS_leon

    KS_leon Guest

    So took the dash off last night and did this after my brake lights haven't been working for the passed couple of days. It was easy to do probably took about 30 mins (most of which was putting the dash back together).

    Needless to say, drove to work this morning and then my warning lights on the dash came on again. Checked my lights against another cars paint work (it's difficult to see them when you've got to push the brake pedal :p). Any way when I slammed my foot on the brake (mostly anger than anything:censored:) the lights worked and the EPC light on the dash went off. Fired up my OBD Car Reader and it gave me a pending P0571 code (brake light switch).

    Any ideas anyone? Got a long motorway trip this weekend so want brakes working well and it's got it's MOT next week....I need a bit of good luck at the moment and need a pass...Just had to have new tyres and changed the rear discs and pads (which was a nightmare)...

    :help::help:
     
  5. Crazyoll

    Crazyoll Active Member

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    Thanks to the OP. Followed this excellently written guide and it solved my problem.

    Fantastic guide. Thanks.

    car worked on:
    TDI Toledo 1.9
     
  6. skullmunki

    skullmunki Ding Ding Round 2!!!

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    this place saves my neck yet again....takes longer to get the dash off than to change the sensor!
     
  7. Brake lights stopped working yesterday, followed this guide and all is well again! Thanks!
     
  8. Ellis jack

    Ellis jack Guest

    Just a quick one mines gone again on my 54 tdi fr. I'm sure I used this part number last time as followed the guide, but not lasted that long. Is it correct or do I need a different one to above?
     
  9. doodle86

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    Brilliant guide.. Glad people have got the time to put them on otherwise i think we would all be out of pocket by a few quid with ridiculous garage prices for such simple jobs :)
     
  10. Vik

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    Great guide!!!
    Jus saved me a few quid!!
    Bit of an awkwardly placed job but pretty straight forward once the lower dash is off!!
    I managed to avoid forking out for a new part aswel jus took the switch off gave it a clean and put it back and hey presto back to normal!!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  11. M0ng00s3

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    Thanks a mil, this guide just saved my :censored:
     
  12. Paws

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    Thanks for this!

    Mine broke yesterday, now on hunt for replacemnt switch & hoepfully with this guide i can repalce it. :rofl:
     
  13. Clarkeez

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    Thanks for this, done mine last week.. I bought the part from Euro for like £5 and it was the original part with vw audi badge on it, result!
     
  14. hilaryj93

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    ta very much stan24v
    just done switch on my 53 plate lc
    great guide very helpful

    now on 141k and still going strong :D
     
  15. Mothy

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    Great 'How to' guide.

    Hello everyone - Im a newbie on here as ive just purchased a 2004 LC TDI 150. The brake lights wern't working so I looked on here and found this great 'How to' guide by Stan24V. It really was a piece of cake once i had read the step by step guide. I removed my brake light switch, operated it in my hand for 10 or 15 times and the brake lights started working again:funk: Perhaps the switch was sticking or a bit dirty, anyhow i will see how it goes for now and replace it if it stops working again. Thanks again Stan24V:)
     
  16. bgatty68

    bgatty68 Active Member

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    Thank-you

    Stan24V thanks for this guide I had an issue with my switch and after putting it off because I was fiddling by the pedal and the issue fixed itself, until last weekend when I knew I had to change the switch. It was a breeze with this guide and it was something that I would have not attempted in the past but it went exactly as the guide was written absolutely perfect and now brake lights after perfect again :) the only issue I did have was I bought the 2 pin switch and when I removed my switch found it was a 4 pin so just changed at the suppliers ;)
    Guides like this make life for non-mechanically minded people like me so much easier.:happy::happy::happy:
     
  17. Lank

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    Can this said brake light switch bring up epc light at all as if u hold accelerater down and press brake it kills engine speed
     
  18. Miss Chief

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    That's a VW 'safety' feature AFAIK. If you try to accelerate while braking or holding the brake pedal the ECU won't allow it and you'll get no go.
     
  19. ASB_Cupra

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    Just had to change my brake light switch. Absolutely spot on guide.
     
  20. slickbone

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    Thank you very much for this guide! Found that my brake light switch had gone after getting the 'coil' warning light on my dash.

    I tried to remember as much as possible from this guide as I had to replace the switch in the works car park.

    Although the brake lights work, I have somehow managed to get another problem which is when I put my dipped beam lights on, the fog lighhts come on.

    Going to create a new thread.

    Thanks again!
     

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