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I have a 2003 Yukon (non adjustable pedals) and the brakes

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I have a 2003 Yukon (non adjustable pedals) and the brakes do not work. I have checked all fuses, replaced the stop light switch. I checked the brake light bulbs. I disconnected and reconnected the connectors at the right fender module.
What areas should I check next?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: GMC
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I can assist you with your question. Are you saying that the brake lights are not working? Can I start by getting your VIN?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
The brake lights do not work. All other lights do work.
1GKEC13Z03R146593
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

I would start by checking the stop amp fuse in the under hood fuse block. If that checks out good, then I would jumper the wires at the brake light switch to see if the brake lights illuminate. If not, and the fuse is good, then chances are you have an open or a break in the wiring between the stop lamp switch and the brake lamps.

Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

There are also two fuses in the fuse block inside the vehicle. Vehicle STOP fuse and VEH CHMSL fuse that should be checked as well.

Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
As stated in the original message, fuses are good. What's next?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
By the way, forgot to mention, cruise control will not engage.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Did you try to jump or brake switch?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I jumpered white and orange. I also put in a replacement switch.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

So do the brake lights light up when you jumper the switch?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
If they would have, it would be a bad switch
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

So is there power at the brake light switch?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
power to orange.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

So there's power at the brake light switch but the brake lights do not light up when you jumper the switch using a jumper wire?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
That's correct
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Ok, so there is an open or a break in the wiring after the brake light switch.. like I mentioned earlier

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Why would there be an open wire? There has been nothing introduced which would cause that.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Here is a wiring diagram of the stop lamps.

Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Maybe you have a bad ground.. did you check the ground?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I'm not sure where it's located. I disconnected and checked the two grounds on the frame rail below the driver's seat.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Just check for a ground on the black wires to the brake lights. That will tell you if you have a bad ground or not..

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Is there one common ground for all brake lights?
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Only for the outside two..

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
All three are not working.
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Right

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
what would cause all three to not work?
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

As long as the bulbs are good, the problem is because they do not have power.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I understand that. So if the upper and two lower brake lights do not share a common ground, it's obviously not a ground issue. So where would the fault be?
Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

Between the brake light switch and the brake lights.. like I mentioned earlier.

Expert:  Amedee replied 11 months ago.

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