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how to replace a brake light switch on a 1996 chevy silverado

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how to replace a brake light switch on a 1996 chevy silverado 2500 i dont know how to get to it with the brackets that dont come off
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Tim's Auto Repair replied 7 years ago.


it is hard,,but you will need to work around the brackets


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CAUTION: Before removing or installing any electrical unit or when a tool or equipment could easily come in contact with "live" exposed electrical terminals, disconnect the negative battery cable to help prevent personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or components. Unless instructed otherwise, the ignition switch must be in the "OFF" or "LOCK" position .


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disable the SIR.
  3. Remove the pushrod retainer from the brake pedal pin. Use snap ring pliers.
  4. Unsnap the stoplamp switch from the pushrod.
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector from the stoplamp switch.



  1. Connect the electrical connector to the stoplamp switch.
  2. Snap the stoplamp switch onto the pushrod.
  3. Install the pushrod retainer on the brake pedal pin. Use an 11 mm (7/16 inch) socket in order to push a new clip onto the pin.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.
  5. Enable the SIR.