Easy Tricks on Installing your Parking Brake Light Switch
Have you ever experienced your parking brake light failing on you while you are parking your vehicle? Isn't it one of the most annoying problems ever? If you answered ‘yes' to both questions, then you should take the chance to learn how you can keep yourself from experiencing the same problem again. The parking brake light is one of the most important vehicle lights as it helps you to be able to park your vehicle properly and safely. When this fails, it is usually due to a failing or failed switch. You can confirm this by jiggling the handle after it is down. If the light turns off and on, then you are positive that the culprit is your switch.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Drill bits
- Flathead screwdriver
- Wire cutter
- New parking brake light switch
Step 1: Wear safety glasses and other personal protective equipment (PPE) before starting with the installation process. Some of the basic ones are latex gloves and closed toe shoes. This is to ensure that you will not get harmed during the replacement.
Step 2: Bring both the front seats as far forward as you can. Locate your vehicle's parking brake light switch. If you can't find it, you may refer to your vehicle's owner's manual. Usually, you can find it under the dash mounted to or behind the lever, or under the center console assembly or below the lever.
Step 3: Remove the parts that get in the way of the parking brake lever and switch. If your vehicle has a hand-style parking brake, you need to remove the center console to do this. Remove the screws holding the front of the console carefully. There might be a couple of electronic clips under it. Unhook them first before pulling them out.
Step 4: Unplug the electrical connector to the parking brake light switch. Next, remove the switch from the brake lever or unbolt it from where it is mounted.
Step 5: Install the new parking brake light switch. Reassemble the parts that you removed, such as the center console. You might want to take photos of the parts that you remove to help you during reassembly.
Step 6: Turn on the switch to check if it is working properly. If not, redo the steps and check if there is something that you've missed. If it still doesn't work, you might want to check the condition of the brake handle or sensor in case they are causing the problem. You might also want to check the brake fluid level to ensure that you have enough.
It would take you less than an hour to install your new parking brake light switch. It is very easy, so you don't have an excuse to not replace it immediately when it fails. Make sure to buy only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement part and not an aftermarket one. This is to ensure getting only a better quality and cost-efficient part. Refer to your owner's manual for the recommended brands and specifications of the manufacturer.