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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Brake Light Switch

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $200

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

New brake light switch

Hot Tip:

Put a dab of grease on the end plunger

Performance Gain:

Working brake lights

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

If you find you have no brake lights one of the most common solution to the problem is the brake light switch. These switches fail often and after your fuses should be the first place you check. There where two types of brake switches over the years. You should only install the new type which can be determined by the light colored end on the push rod head. The switch is mounted to the pedal cluster and is replaced by working inside the car, below the dash on the drivers side.

Begin by removing the lower kick shield under the dash.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the lower kick shield under the dash. Remove the three T20 Torx screws (red arrows) holding it in place. Note: as with our project car most cars are missing these screws as the panel will stay in place by friction; if your car is missing them it is a good idea to pick some new screws up and replace the missing screws to be on the safe side.

Push the panel towards the front of the car and pull it down and away from the dash (red arrows).
Figure 2

Push the panel towards the front of the car and pull it down and away from the dash (red arrows).

The back of the panel has tabs (red arrows) that sit in groves to hold it in place.
Figure 3

The back of the panel has tabs (red arrows) that sit in groves to hold it in place.

You can remove the vent (red arrow) if you need the extra room to work but I did not find it necessary.
Figure 4

You can remove the vent (red arrow) if you need the extra room to work but I did not find it necessary.

The switch need to be turned 45 degrees counter clockwise in its mount (yellow arrow) and then pulled out.
Figure 5

The switch need to be turned 45 degrees counter clockwise in its mount (yellow arrow) and then pulled out. I like to remove the electrical harness connection after I remove the switch from the mount as the plastic tabs that hold it in place can be fragile and break easily from the pressure of trying to wiggle the harness connection off.

You can tell this is the new style of switch from the light color on the end of the plunger (red arrow).
Figure 6

You can tell this is the new style of switch from the light color on the end of the plunger (red arrow). Place a little grease on the end of the plunger to help lubricate its contact point on the brake pedal.

Install the wiring connection, push the brake pedal in and insert the plunger end into the mount (red arrow) and turn 45 degrees clockwise.
Figure 7

Install the wiring connection, push the brake pedal in and insert the plunger end into the mount (red arrow) and turn 45 degrees clockwise. Use care when installing not to break the plastic clips that lock it in place (yellow arrow). Check brake light function and reinstall the kick panel.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Legin Comments: Excellent report I have a Skoda Roomster with this type of switch I can now fit it with confidence Thanks.
November 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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