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Old 04-09-2005, 11:58 PM
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I've been having some problems with my brake lights lately (not working), and the judging from the code I was getting I had a bad brake light switch. So, I bought 1, changed it, no fix. Bought #2, had greg help me install it, still no fix. I had my car in for inspection/emissions, so I had them look at it, and fix it. He slapped yet another brake light switch on it, passed emissions/inspection, but then the light came back on when I left the shop. So, I called Chris White up. He said he'd give me a hand Saturday. He thought it was a bad connection when I called and he had a quick fix if indeed that was the case...but it turned out not to be the case at all...it turned out to be a dead short somewhere in the brake light switch wiring. now comes the ripping and tearing...




front? nope.

middle? nope


back? closer...

BINGO!!!! The wire running in the hatch to the 3rd brake light was sliced open (as you can see). Easy fix that turned into 3 hours...ug. Just needed to pin-point it, that's all.

^^ went through 7 fuses trying to figue this one out. everytime I would press the brake, the fuse would blow (because of the dead short).

BIGGGGGG to Chris White (at Olivers for you CePA folks) for helping me on this one. I would have never figured this out on my own. Thank YOU!!!!
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Now when we follow you we don't have to worry about you short stopping WHHOOO HHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That sucks Brian...glad its all taken care of though.
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Good work, tearing all that shit apart always scares me cause i'm left wth screws and piece usually. Have any extras?
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if you were replacing the switch that is by the brake peddle, you would find that the cruise control would not work either. i had this happen to me last fall and couldn't figure it out at first. glad you found the short!!
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Electrical shorts are one of the hardest things to track down (as you know ) I bet you wish you started from the other end first now....

I like this shot, self explainitory......
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That looks like it was fun!
Glad you got it figured out though bro
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Good work, tearing all that shit apart always scares me cause i'm left wth screws and piece usually. Have any extras?
no extras! surprisingly.
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if your were replacing the switch that is by the brake peddle, you would find that the cruise control would not work either. i had this happen to me last fall and couldn't figure it out at first. glad you found the short!!
very true. that sucked on trips to VA Tech...ug. But 3 hours of trying to find it wasn't bad. I'm very glad Chris helped me out. I hate wiring, and those wiring diagrams in the bentley are crazy to try to follow...

oh and I put the antenna seal on the other night. It was broken when I bought the car, and just now got the part and got it on there!! no leaky! it's a piece of cake too. Should have snapped some pics. dammit.

and Jon, I thought it was the brake light switch. I replaced it 3 times, until Chris figured out that it had to be something else. Wish I would have known that before I bought 3 switches...oh well.
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gee, never seen a VW looking like that before.....
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