GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Brake Light Switch

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Remove the driver's side instrument panel trim panel/sound insulator.
  2.  
  3. Detach the switch electrical connector.
  4.  
  5. Remove the switch from the retainer by grasping it, turning the switch 90° counterclockwise, and pulling it toward the rear of the car.
  6.  



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Fig. The brake light switch (3) is mounted on the brake pedal support (1) and secured with a retainer (2)

To install:

  1. Insert the brake light switch into the retainer until the switch body seats on the retainer.
  2.  
  3. Pull the brake pedal upward against the internal pedal stop.
  4.  
  5. Turn the switch 90° clockwise in order to lock it into position.
  6.  


NOTE
Proper switch adjustment is achieved when no clicks are heard as the pedal is pulled upward and when the brake lights do not stay on without brake application.

  1. Attach the switch electrical connector and test the switch for proper adjustment.
  2.  
  3. Adjust the brake light switch, as follows:
    1. Detach the switch electrical connector.
    2.  
    3. Remove the switch from the retainer by turning it counterclockwise 45°, and pulling it toward the rear of the car.
    4.  
    5. Insert the switch into the retainer until the switch bottoms out against the brake pedal and the switch actuator button is fully depressed.
    6.  
    7. Snap the switch into the retainer by turning it clockwise 45° until a click is heard.
    8.  

  4.  
  5. Attach the switch electrical connector.
  6.  
  7. Install the hush panel/sound insulator.
  8.  
  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  

 
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