Top Reasons Why Your Cadillac Escalade Brake Light Switch Failed
Because your Cadillac Escalade break light switch is built to last for the life of your car, this component is almost always taken for granted. However, several years of use can still cause your brake light switch to break down. To avoid safety problems caused by a faulty brake light switch, take note of these common causes and symptoms of brake light switch failure:
Non-operational brake lights
If all your brake lights are not working, you might have a burnt brake light switch. After several years of turning your brake lights on and off, some of the electrical contacts in your brake like switch may burn out or become covered in soot. Try checking for continuity between the terminals of your brake light switch once the switch is released. If there is no continuity when your switch is released, then you have to get a replacement for your defective brake light switch.
Brake lights won't go off
When your brake lights stay on long after you let go of your brake pedal, then you definitely have a sticky brake light switch. A probable cause of a sticky brake light switch is the buildup of dust and other debris around the switch. In other cases, the brake light switch might not be properly adjusted. A brake light switch that is out-of-adjustment doesn't touch the contact pad that signals the brake lights to turn off. In both cases, the brake light switch might not have to be replaced at all since a simple cleaning or adjustment procedure can take care of the problem. However, if the sticky switch is cause by old age, the brake light switch will probably have to be replaced.
Intermittently working brake lights
Loose electrical connections and worn-out or damaged wires are among the most common culprits behind an intermittently working brake light switch. If your brake lights sometimes work and sometimes don't, then you might want to examine your electrical connections to see if they are firmly attached to your brake light switch and if they are showing any physical signs of damage.
Other troubleshooting techniques
If you have just replaced your brake light switch but your brake light problems didn't go away, recheck your installation. Take note that you also have to adjust your new brake light switch for pedal travel.