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#1 (permalink) Old 09-13-2009, 07:43 PM
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my 05 spectra is having problems with my brake light not working right...anyone have any problems and shed some light for me?it comes on but it dim if lights are on its normal but press the brakes and it doesnt work at all.replaced the bulb and still cant figure this out!please help!

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It sounds as though there is a problem with the earthing of the brake lights. It might be difficult to trace yourself because of the way the earth wires lead back into the harness makes it hard to find where the main earth to body connection for the rear lights is. But an auto electrician should be able to help you out.

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my 05 spectra is having problems with my brake light not working right...anyone have any problems and shed some light for me?it comes on but it dim if lights are on its normal but press the brakes and it doesnt work at all.replaced the bulb and still cant figure this out!please help!
Are you using the correct bulbs? I know with some models you have to use the specific bulb or you run into problems. 2357 are the correct bulbs for brake lights. Check this out and good luck.

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My daughter bought a used '05 Spectra EX. The master contact switch mounted on the brake pedal pivot rack was loose, causing the brake lights to flicker when moving or stay on when stopped. It also caused her cruise control to kick off when driving.

The switch sticks through a hole in the pivot rack and contacts the shaft on the pedal. It is held in place by two opposing nuts, screwed on the shaft of the switch to hold it in place. Check to see if these are tight. Switch is hard to get at, but you can reach it by sliding in the door under the steering wheel. If the switch is loose, tighten the nut on the inside of the pivot rack. DON'T take it out. It's a bear to get back in!
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Ugh, I wish I had read this earlier....I just took mine out and figured the lights came on when the button is pushed IN....turns out it's the opposite, lol.

I fought with it for a bit trying to put it back in, but it's a total PITA, it's super hot outside, and I'm at work, so I'll try again when I'm at home....thinking about even pulling the bottom of the dash off so I have some room to work. Any other suggestions?
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It takes a third hand....I got my wife to come out and press down the brake pedal with her hand, which gave me room to slip that nut on....right now it's just on hand tight because I only have one 17mm wrench. Tomorrow at work, I'll borrow another 17mm from the tool chest and tighten them down at the same time. This is one of those things that was so perplexing to me, but in the end, became totally obvious because the thing was SO loose; I just had to figure out what I was looking at.
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It looks like I had the same problem with my 2005 Kia Spectra5. I actually ordered another switch from Amazon, $9.65. I came with only one nut and it was a 14 mm. But since I heard about it possibly being loose from a guy at work, I went at it with a wrench anyway. It was barely loose. When I tightened it like @jjmartinb said. First test drive it appears like the cruise control is working more consistently. It's been flaky lately.
I did more research online for the right switch but they all seem to come up with only one nut. I don't get that. And they all point to the one I have as being the right switch. But with 14mm nuts vs the 17mm that is on the car, I don't see how. There is a flat side on the screw so it won't rotate while installed. That's a big enough difference that it shouldn't fit and will rotate. So I'm questioning whether I want to send it back to Amazon as it was the wrong one or just keep it in case it really fails, then go through all the acrobatics of removing the original and trying this one before buying another.
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