DIY Installation Procedures: Brake Pressure Switch
The brake pressure switch is responsible for giving you a sign when your vehicle's braking system is experiencing some problems. If you notice that your brake pressure switch is already damaged, make sure to address the glitch immediately and replace it if necessary. Failure to replace a faulty brake pressure switch can result in road accidents that can be fatal. Here is a DIY guide on how to replace your faulty brake pressure switch. Make sure that you got all the set of tools needed to prevent hassle.
Things you'll need:
- Brake repair kit
- 9/16 inch open-ended wrench
- Plastic Tie
Step 1: Check if your fuse is blown already. Your fuse box is usually located under the dashboard (driver's side).
Step 2: You will see a black cover on the fuse box. Gently pull this away while holding the bottom of the cover.
Step 3: Locate the fuse that you need to remove, and then carefully take it away.
Step 4: Replace the blown fuse with a new one that matches your old one. You can easily get a new fuse at your favorite auto parts stores.
Step 5: After that, you need to remove the air filter to get an access to the brake pressure switch so that you can verify if your switch is at fault.
Step 6: After locating the switch, you need to replace it by disconnecting the cable that plugs into the bottom of the switch.
Step 7: Gently squeeze the sides while pulling it downward.
Step 8: Make sure that the replacement brake pressure switch is accessible in your working area. This will avoid the brake fluid to leak. Take note that when taking off the old switch, the brake fluid will eventually leak. Make certain that you screw the new switch in place to lessen the leak.
Step 9: Using your 9/16 inch open-ended wrench, carefully loosen the old brake pressure switch.
Step 10: Put a pan under your vehicle to catch the brake fluid that might spill off.
Step 11: Place the new brake pressure switch as quickly as possible.
Step 12: Usually, the kit comes with a new cable. Make sure to clean the old cable to prevent electrical short and shock.
Step 13: Hold the cable back using a plastic tie.
Step 14: Top up your brake fluid if you notice a significant loss.
Step 15: Carefully reinstall the air filter, and reconnect the hose at the back. Make sure that the old fuse has been replaced already. Remember to disconnect your battery when removing the fuse.
Step 16: Reassemble everything, and start your engine. Observe if the air conditioner, speedometer, and odometer is working properly. If you notice that the check brake light on your dashboard is still on, you need to check your brake fluid again and top it up if needed.
The entire process is not a difficult task as it seems. You can finish this DIY in just an hour or so. Doing this on your own will save you money.