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Parking Brake Light

My parking brake light has just never worked. So i bought a little red acc. light with too wires . Can some one tell me the best way to hook this up so i can tell when my parking brake is on. Thanks
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One of your TWO wires on the light goes to a fused +12 volt feed from the accessories side of the ignition switch like off the instruments fuse. The other wire goes to an electrical connection tab on the e-brake, assuming its still there and works.

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Thanks i will look
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Before you go to all that work....

Look down on your e-brake...towards the rear is a wire going to a spring loaded 'plunger'...when you set your brake, the plunger is allowed to bottom out which in turn grounds the wire which in turn 'turns' on the brake light.

The most common problem is a bad connection that prevents the wire from being grounded.....a lot of times caused by people painting it....

Pull the wire off...touch it to a good known ground...does the light go on? If not, then use a meter to measure the voltage...you should have about 12V with the wire NOT grounded. If you don't, then either the 12V feeding the bulb is bad or the bulb it's self is bad or the socket is bad.

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My parking brake light has just never worked. So i bought a little red acc. light with too wires . Can some one tell me the best way to hook this up so i can tell when my parking brake is on. Thanks
I have the opposite trouble.
My parking brake warning light is always on.
I would love to make it work correctly, or as an alternative I would rather have it never work, than on all the time.
Suggestions?
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Same basic instructions....look down at the e-brake...find the wire that goes to the rear of it...pull that off.

If you pull the wire off and the light goes off, then examine the switch.

If the light does NOT go off, then follow the wire and see where the wire is being shorted to ground.

If you don't have the volt meter by now, good time to go buy one.

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Before going through that, pull the connector from the brake proportioning/combo valve. If that turns the light out you may have a braKe problem, most likely with the rears. Or the valve could be tripped into the warning position, but it should self-reset after a problem has been corrected.

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