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Posted: 6/16/2009 7:35:48 PM EST
So got my oil changed today and they informed me my brake lights don't work. So I checked them when I got home. Tail lights work, but brake lights when pedal depressed don't. However third brake light on top of hatchback does light up when brake pedal depressed. Can't find the fuse to the brake lights (is there one?) to check them. Any Honda mechanics or gearheads give me some help?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:39:45 PM EST
The owner's manual should show the locations of all the fuses. Honda sometimes spreads them around the vehicle. Check that first. If you don't have the manual check Honda's web site.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:40:38 PM EST
Fuse.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:47:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 7:51:08 PM EST by flatop_a3]
I can't remember but they should be on the drivers side down by your left foot if not under the dash there should be a access panel basically were the bottom of the fender would be just on the inside of the car if that makes any sense. I own a 2000 honda civic but its been awhile since i had to look at fuses.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:06:18 PM EST
I checked on the fuses under the hood and under the dash. No brake light fuse. Could it be under another name?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:12:48 PM EST
Have you checked to see if the bulbs are burnt out? Generally there is one fuse for all the brake lights.....so If the third brake light is working.....it's probably not a fuse issue.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:22:52 PM EST
Check the brake light switch itself................ no sure where it is on that model, though most are mounted on top of the brake pedal assembly where it mounts under the dash.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:23:52 PM EST
lamps man, check your lamps
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:25:36 PM EST
yup, check the bulbs. They could be in series, so if 1 is out, they both are.

Its the most common cause of "brake lights don't work".
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:27:02 PM EST
Change the batteries. Problem solved.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:37:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 8:40:16 PM EST by westwardbound]
Originally Posted By Spartan24:
I checked on the fuses under the hood and under the dash. No brake light fuse. Could it be under another name?


Do the turn signals work fine? Fuse 32 underneath the dash(7.5A) is the one for the license lights and tail lights.

Edit: Check all the bulbs in back also.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:37:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
yup, check the bulbs. They could be in series, so if 1 is out, they both are.

Its the most common cause of "brake lights don't work".


This.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:38:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 8:42:56 PM EST by jfrankparnell]
owner's manual available here (have to download from mirror)

fuse # 52 15A (under hood) controls brake lights, horn, and brake signal
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:38:49 PM EST
iirc brake lights is also horn.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:53:48 PM EST
Checked all breakers. All OK.
Checked multitude of bulbs. Finally found two, one on each side, that were dual filament with one filament toasted. It was the bulbs.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:54:26 PM EST
In before the Honda's never have in problems crowd.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:55:12 PM EST
Also check the brake lamp fluid while you're in there. The fill cap is next to the turn signal fluid.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 4:47:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By Spartan24:
So got my oil changed today and they informed me my brake lights don't work. So I checked them when I got home. Tail lights work, but brake lights when pedal depressed don't. However third brake light on top of hatchback does light up when brake pedal depressed. Can't find the fuse to the brake lights (is there one?) to check them. Any Honda mechanics or gearheads give me some help?


see the red text - that is why - it just needs therapy and a RX to make it want to work

Brian
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 4:50:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By Spartan24:
Checked all breakers. All OK.
Checked multitude of bulbs. Finally found two, one on each side, that were dual filament with one filament toasted. It was the bulbs.


On many vehicles, when one goes, the other will go in short order. I just replace them in pairs anymore. [Actually I went to LED bulbs a few years ago and haven't had to touch one since]

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