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Chevrolet/Lumina 98 No Brake Stop Light


Mark Shaw wrote at 2006-12-12 16:19:03
    I had the same problem and I resolved it by turning the Hazards switch on and off many times.  Then the brake lights, Turn signals and hazards started to work properly.  There may have been some dirt that worked loose in the hazard switch.  


Jaken8ter wrote at 2006-12-30 19:49:47
I took the steering assembly apart and found that the mechanism for the signal light had broken one of it's posts. Gently squeezing the plates together gave me the tail lights back. Dealership wanted almost $100.00 for the replacement. I used about $0.30 of crazy glue and plastic to fix

B wrote at 2007-08-03 22:00:50
On my 98 Marron Chevy lumina the brake light problem is in the steering wheel. I figured this out by jiggling the cruise control stick around. There is a black plastic piece inside the steering wheel that has 3 little tabs. These tabs become worn. This piece is about impossible to replace. Maybe this will help you.

z wrote at 2007-12-06 01:40:34
i have the same problem right now! and B def hit it on the nose. except my brake lamps would work and all of a sudden not work.  I thought it was the brake switch too. after reading what B wrote I tried this...turned on my hazards twice, then hit the brakes, the lamps worked fine.  then I turned on my left blinker, that worked as well, but when I disengaged the blinker the brake lamps when off.  I hit the brakes again, still off.  so I giggled that black plastic piece and the lamps came on.  so somthin wit that black plastic piece.  I am gonna try to fix it.

Dip wrote at 2007-12-07 04:32:23
I had the same problem with my lumina. And the promblem came from my turn signal combo switch. A piece broke on my combo switch when I went to use my high beams. Which created a short, Which also controls the brake light function.

Scott wrote at 2008-02-08 17:20:45
There is a other issue, I have the same problem..the turn singal switch can become loose and cause that problem..

Jake in Milwaukee wrote at 2008-05-25 18:22:12
Turn signal.  Take the car into an authorized GM mechanic and have them look at the turn signal on the steering column.  I had the same problem, was told all the circuitry runs through the damn turn signal-- had it fixed, and never had the brake light problem again.

Steve wrote at 2009-06-15 01:05:08
I had this same fault, and checked bulbs, plugs, switches and still no lights. For some reason I turned on my hazard lights and found the switch was just dirty, with WD40 cleaned and lights work perfect!

Geroge wrote at 2009-12-06 02:21:59
Hey, I have the same problem with my 1996 Chevy Lumina.  The bulbs are working and so are the fuses.  That's not the problem.  I also tried replacing the brake light stop switch and that didn't work.  Now I think it might be the turn signal switch, but that's a complicated repair.  Tell me if you get it working again and how.


Skully wrote at 2010-02-25 21:03:51
Wiggle the turn signal switch and have someone look at the breaklights. If they come on then its bad. We just had to change ours.. It involves pulling the wheel. Not a fun job!  

TheClassic wrote at 2010-03-06 18:33:31
Skully, I have the same problem and am going to undertake replacing the turn signal switch tomorrow. How long did it take you? Do you really need a special steering wheel puller?

Obes` wrote at 2010-04-15 21:06:11
both of my rear light/blinkers/brakes had oxidized where the bulb plugs in, a emery board did  the  trick and cleaned where light spade plugged in. Hope this helped...........  

Bill wrote at 2010-10-05 19:43:42
This could work but you must also check to see if your rear running lights are working. If they do not, then it's probably not the brake switch.

Echo wrote at 2011-05-19 14:13:41
Luminas tend to have problems with the brake switch and multifunction swith (located in the steering column). I have had three Luminas (96,97,99) and two of which have had this problem. More often than not however the problem lies with the multifunction switch rather than the brake switch. The multifunction switch serves to operate a number of things including rear stop lamps, signal lights as well as cruise control and steering wheel radio controls if you have them. There is a different multifunction switch required for Luminas with steering wheel radio controls. If you don't have steering wheel radio controls, the other multifunction switch will work on models with or without cruise control. In my case, the symptom was improperly working stop lamps but the center (rear window) stop light worked fine. Occasionally other strange signal and other lighting behaviour was noticed.  

Chad wrote at 2015-02-03 18:59:54
Echo I am having the exact same problem as you have described so I called a parts store and ask about a multifunction switch and they didn't know what I was talking about what do i do


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