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#1 (permalink) Old 09-08-2008, 02:54 PM
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Replacing brake light switch

I'm sure it's been discussed before, but I have searched several times and can't find any information.
I have a 1998 Frontier 4WD, manual steering. The other day while the car was parked, I noticed the brake lights were on. The only way I got them off was to pull the fuse. Took it to a garage, and the mechanic said it was the switch. Wanted $36.00 just for the switch, not including labor. I found the switch at Auto Zone for $6.00, and it was supposed to be a walk in the park to install according to everyone. I removed the two bolts holding the bracket covering the switch, and it didn't move. Some folks actually said is would drop down when the bolts were removed. Then I noticed thebracket was spot welded to the steering column. There seems to be some type of hinge pin on each side, but after much spraying and pounding there was no movement at all. Can anyone help at all with this? Getting tired of pulling the fuse in and out, and also getting dizzy hanging upside down for long periods of time.
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Problem solved

After 2 weeks, I went to ask dot com and paid $9 for a Nissan certified tech. to help me out. Seems like the bracket doesn't have to be touched or moved after all. It's a tight squeeze, but all you have to do is reach over the bracket and put a stubby wrench on the bolt, loosen it a bit, remove the connector, then unscrew the old switch and screw in the new one. Screw it all the way in until the switch is depressed, then back it off 1/2 a turn and tighten the lockwasher. Attach the connecter, and you should be good to go.
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