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Brake Light won't work!

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I recently changed the pads on my front brakes and noticed that my brake lights didn't illuminate when I applied either brakes, hand and foot. At the time I thought I had blown the bulb. As I bought a new one I realised it was a Tail/brake bulb. And I've noticed that my tail light is working just not brake light when I apply the breaks.
I don't believe it's the fuse or the brake tail light wouldn't work either ( Though I could be wrong, I'm going to check this later. ) With it not being a simple change of a light bulb I'm not starting to worry it's something that I could of done while changing the pads though I' don't recall anything being a miss.

Can you guys suggest what else I should check for before I end up taking it to the garage? Where I live I'm very paranoid about garages. As I've had bad experiances with them. So I'm trying to avoid it as much as I can. (Goes in with one problem and comes out with five!)

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Haven't actually looked at one on the c50 but if its like a car bulb doesnt it have a seperate filament for the brake and tail light which means it probably is just the bulb.

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Haven't actually looked at one on the c50 but if its like a car bulb doesnt it have a seperate filament for the brake and tail light which means it probably is just the bulb.
You are correct, the brake/tail is a 2 filament bulb so tail could work and no brake.

Kraz, nothing you could have done with the brake change.

Did you swap in the new bulb?

Also look at the inside of the socket for corrosion.

At the brake there is a switch that sometimes needs adjustment/cleaning. Although this would not explain the front brake not lighting the brake light.

I would bet we will be able to help you figure it out without taking it to a garage. Post what you find.

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The brake light is fused separately from the taillight. Does your horn work? It is on the same circuit. The front brake switch is in parallel witht he rear brake switch. You would have to have 2 things wrong for both switches to be malfunctioning. More likely it is fuse #5 or the connector/bulb socket as mentioned by Volusia.

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Hey guys. Just an update.

The horn works fine and I had changed the bulb and it didn't make a difference. Going to check the fuse later. I'll let you know how I get on.

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I have the same problem. I cut the socket off my rear light to keep from messing-up all the rubber parts of the OEM taillight. I was going to use the socket on my taillight mod but it would not work, so I decided to put the OEM stuff back on so I could ride this Sat and get my tires put on but the brake light wont work now. Everything is exactly as before except for a splice in the wiring.

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Remove the bulb and check for 12 volts at the socket.

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One of the switches isn't stuck on making the stop light stay on all the time is it? This would make it appear not to go on/off when the brakes are applied.
I know because it happened to me when I adjusted the brake pedal height lower which made the stop light stay on all the time and not go on/off as I pressed the brakes. Just thought I had a really bright tail light!

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One of the switches isn't stuck on making the stop light stay on all the time is it? This would make it appear not to go on/off when the brakes are applied.
I know because it happened to me when I adjusted the brake pedal height lower which made the stop light stay on all the time and not go on/off as I pressed the brakes. Just thought I had a really bright tail light!
Hey. It's really funny you should mention this because I was staring at it today and I thought to myself. 'Is it on constantly?' And then I got myself totally paranoid that it was. I had changed the bulb, the fuse and tried the horn which had worked and I'm running out of options. Even though maybe there was a bad wiring. The connection to the bulb wasn't corroded or anything either.
And I only noticed after I changed my front brake pads. Can you give me a rough idea where to check for these switches? Just follow the cables or anywhere in particular?

The only reason why I dismissed the idea of perhaps my brakes being on all the time was that it didn't look that bright. But! Come to think about it I am looking at it during the day! And when I fitted the new bulb in I stared at it long enough to see that two of the wires were light up. So I'm thinking/hoping that this may be the cause!
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Well if both filaments were lit up it appears that one of the switches is stuck or in the case of the rear, out of adjustment.
The rear brake switch is easy to see, its next to the rear brake pedal and is adjustable. The front switch is located under the front brake lever and consists of a little button that moves in and out as you operate the front brake.

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