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    Thread: DIY - Installing a new brake light switch (without breaking it!)

    1. 07-19-2004 05:47 PM #51
      I had the brake pedal depressed, inserted the switch, let the pedal up , heard the ratcheting, the switch did not move as the pedal came up snugly, then turned the switch CW and plugged it in.

    2. 07-19-2004 05:56 PM #52
      Sounds like you installed it correctly.
      Do you hae a multimeter? If you do, take the plug off of the switch and test for continuity when the switch is depressed and not depressed. That should at least tell you if the switch is working correctly and the problem is somewhere else.

    3. 07-19-2004 06:08 PM #53
      No I don't have one

    4. 07-19-2004 07:19 PM #54
      Quote, originally posted by VgRt6 »
      Thanks for writing that so I didn't have to!

      No prob, I got your back... least I can do

    5. 07-19-2004 07:58 PM #55
      Quote, originally posted by JDM3 »
      No I don't have one

      Can you stop by Chantilly sometime? I can hook you up.

    6. 07-19-2004 08:00 PM #56
      Quote, originally posted by digitalhippie »
      No prob, I got your back... least I can do

    7. 07-19-2004 08:00 PM #57
      Saving me again Just let me know ehn is good for you and I'll be there.

    8. 07-19-2004 08:03 PM #58
      Anytime is fine for me. I'm usually there until 4 or so, but will be leaving tomorrow around 3 to go for my emissions testing. Pick a day/time and let me know.

    9. 07-19-2004 08:06 PM #59
      How about 10:00 tomorrow? I need to go for emissions and inspections too! Also, looks like I'll be needing new rubber as well.

    10. 07-19-2004 08:13 PM #60
      10 is cool. Call me when you get there. I'll IM you my cell # in case you don't have it anymore.

    11. 07-20-2004 09:47 PM #61
      Edited for stupid question. Should have read further in the thread before posting. Sorry.

      Modified by alindley at 7:49 PM 7-20-2004

    12. 07-20-2004 09:54 PM #62
      Quote, originally posted by wowmegti »
      Well Mr. CorradoG60, installed 6 of them today.
      he says I did it wrong.

      Because you did, as simple as that

    13. 07-20-2004 10:00 PM #63
      Quote, originally posted by CorradoG60 »
      Because you did, as simple as that

      Since it broke, then it was most likely installed incorrectly. But that doesn't mean that the directions in the DIY are incorrect. Just because it's not how you do it at work doesn't make it wrong. There is one simple condition that needs to be met when installing the switch (the internal spring needs to be compressed) and both of our methods satisify that condition.

      Modified by VgRt6 at 7:35 PM 8-9-2004

    14. 08-09-2004 07:01 PM #64
      great writeup. Just had to change the brake switch on my '03 (32000 km's). I had a cel last weekend and scanned with vag-com to find that the switch had thrown a fit. It worked well the rest of the weekend but I'm not one to take chances with my brake lights.
      The service dude told me there was a recall but I'm not about to have them see all the wiring I've done under the dash for a $12 part.

    15. 08-20-2004 08:12 PM #65
      awesome write up... just finished doing mine... i have brake lights again!

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      09-07-2004 10:01 PM #66
      Wow. Brilliant DIY. After one failed attempt, I thought, "Hmm. Surely someone on Vortex already went through this crap." I did not expect to find such a thorough post on it tho. You even took the thing apart? Dam. I immediately recognized how cheap the part was (and how a seemingly easy procedure was botched by me the first time).
      My new switches came with the plungers fully extended, and as I said to the parts guy, "Hmm, mine was not nearly as extended as this when I took it off", he said, "Yeah, don't push it in...lots of people have broken them here just by pushing (clicking) them in." Duh. It could not install UNLESS it were clicked in. I figured that that was an adjustment as I was mangling my first replacement part, but who knew that compressing *against the tension as you lock it in* was the trick? Only someone who took it apart.
      Anyway, thanks so much for the detailed instructions. Piece of cake to fix. Your post really stands out.
      Maybe my airbag light will go out now.

    17. 09-07-2004 10:16 PM #67
      Glad the DIY helped out. Good luck with the airbag light. That fix can't be as easy as this one!

    18. 09-13-2004 09:55 PM #68
      Good work man, I got it replaced and it only took me one switch but my airbag light won't go off now.
      Thanks for the article

    19. 09-14-2004 06:50 AM #69
      We should Print out all the DIY's and make a book of it so people don't have to do searches for them all.

    20. 09-14-2004 11:13 AM #70
      Gary should publish a book
      Start taking donations, and self-publish... geez, think you got enough DIYs now, and you could probably have other authors throw some in for a small royalty percentage

    21. 10-15-2004 07:52 PM #71
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    22. 10-21-2004 08:40 PM #72
      Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had seen this before. I have a 2001 Jetta I got in Summer 2001, and had this stupid thing replaced 3 times, last time wasn't under warranty and wasn't covered under the recall. Had to shell out $100 to the dealer for it.

    23. 01-19-2005 09:21 PM #73
      Hi, I just wanted to say Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for this. The brake light switch on my Mother's 01 Beetle TDI went yesterday, and it broke so it didn't work at all so it wouldn't shift out of park (automatic). I was ready to try and track down some electrical problem in the system, but I'm glad I looked here first to see it was a common problem.
      And this guide in particular was extremely helpful in installing the new switch, I got it right the first time! And I know had I not seen this I would have had to do it several times before I got it right, so thankyou again.
      Ohh yeah, I might mention, the original switch was black, the new one has a purple housing... makes me wounder if that means it's an updated part.

      Modified by Smelly Bug at 11:49 PM 1-20-2005

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      03-07-2005 05:56 PM #74
      Some more info regarding 2-pin vs 4-pin switches:

    25. 05-04-2005 07:04 PM #75
      Heya folks -
      I have a 2003 Jetta automatic. In the mornings when I go to work, the car will not shift out of park. It seems as though I have to wait around 5 minutes and then it lets me shift - and the car is fine all day. It's done this the past 3 mornings and I'm getting pissy.
      Do you think this brake switch could be the problem? The light in the dash showing the brake being pressed goes off when I do press the brake, as does the light on the gear shifter...it just won't let me out of park. I will need to have someone check to see if my brake lights work at that time.
      What a weird situation.

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