What is the Brake Light Bulb?
Brake light bulbs are found at the back of the car, housed inside a protective covering (lens). The brake light turns on when you push the brake pedal, letting drivers know that you are slowing down. If the brake light does not light up, you’re at a higher risk for causing an accident and/or being pulled over and cited by a police officer.
Bear in mind:
Keep in mind the number of brake lights a car has can vary. The third (or rear window/center) brake light should not be overlooked when doing an inspection.
How to Fix:
- Inspect brake bulbs, sockets and wiring.
- Replace the bulb, if faulty.
- Check all the lights.
A mechanic should examine the brake light during a major service. Before changing a bulb, your mechanic should also examine the socket and wiring. Due to the high amount of current flowing through these sockets, sometimes the sockets melt, causing the brake light to malfunction.
Common signs indicating you may need to change the Brake Light Bulb:
Brake lights do not work when brake pedal is depressed.
Light Bulb warning light is illuminated on the dashboard.
Importance of this service:
When you apply the brakes, your brake light bulb light up. This lets drivers behind you a warning that you are slowing down, so that they can slow down as well. A dead brake light bulb will never work, and your car will be devoid of this essential safety feature. Not having working brake lights is also illegal, and can result in a hefty “fix-it” ticket.