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Old 15 Dec 2004, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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dodgy brake lights

OK, this isn't on my scoob, but I'm hoping some people might still be able to help.

My little Honda Civic is having problems with the brake lights. They appear to be sticking "on" when the headlights are on. With the headlights off, when I put my foot on the brakes, the dashboard lights and sidelights are coming on as well

I'm thinking that it could be a dodgy filament in one of the rear bulbs causing a short - they're of the combined brake/rear light type, or maybe a dodgy relay or brake pedal switch.

I know it's difficult enough diagnosing an electrical problem, and more so doing it over the net, but if anyone can give me some advice it'd be much appreciated.
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Old 15 Dec 2004, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you have the wrong bulbs in the brake lights. The chances are you have got 382 single filament and should have 380 twin filament bulbs fitted.

Hope this helps
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Old 16 Dec 2004, 09:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Cheers m8, I'm gonna have a look at the bulbs, but I'm pretty sure they're the right ones, as it passed the MOT just over a week ago, so they're probably more faulty than the wrong ones.

I'm also going to check the earthing points, relays, pedal switch and control stalk.
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Old 16 Dec 2004, 11:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like an earth fault 2 me.

hope u find the problem.
Bit of fault finding, thats all u can do with electrics, try and eliminate any possible cause of the problem. 8)
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Old 20 Dec 2004, 09:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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All sorted now - turned out to be dodgy bulbs. Quite bizarre, but glad it was just an easy fix!
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