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Finally changed out my brake light switch. Getting the panel off under the dash was a challenge so I thought I would post some pics to make it easier for the next guy... :)

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Brake light switch DIY part 2

Here's the rest of the pics.
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You can now withdraw the panel from the car. You'll need to lie on your back on the floor under the steering wheel to see the brake light switch.

Here's a link that another member posted that shows the location of the brake light switch. I couldn't get my camera up there...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157631414371216/

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Nice work, Freddo. :thumbsup:

Just one tip, if I may: rather than using a screwdriver (5th picture) to get those trim clips to separate, pick up one of the auto trim kits at Harbor Freight. It's an assortment of plastic trim release tools and that way there's virtually no chance of damaging the trim pieces.

Oh, and I will bet that you can use JB weld to fix the broken clip arm (1st pic in second post), glue it up, then fill it in and build it up some. Lightly sand those flat surfaces so it will better adhere. Great stuff. ;)
 

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Nice work, Freddo. :thumbsup:

Just one tip, if I may: rather than using a screwdriver (5th picture) to get those trim clips to separate, pick up one of the auto trim kits at Harbor Freight. It's an assortment of plastic trim release tools and that way there's virtually no chance of damaging the trim pieces.

Oh, and I will bet that you can use JB weld to fix the broken clip arm (1st pic in second post), glue it up, then fill it in and build it up some. Lightly sand those flat surfaces so it will better adhere. Great stuff. ;)
Thanks Greg! If I'd known then what I know now, I'd get the trim tool kit... :surrender:

As for the broken clip, I just put the panel back in and the remaining clips seem to hold it quite well - no gaps, no rattles or anything. Good old German redundancy... :D

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In case you get up on the north end of Contra Costa Blvd...

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In case you get up on the north end of Contra Costa Blvd...

(the image has an embedded link to the item at HF)

Thanks Greg!

Rather than use the gas to drive there, I ordered it online. $6.99 plus tax plus $6.99 shipping. Not bad! :thumbsup:

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Thank you very much for the DIY on removing that panel, but I'd like to point out that the red handle in several of the pictures is the hood release, not the parking brake release. :)
 

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Thank you very much for the DIY on removing that panel, but I'd like to point out that the red handle in several of the pictures is the hood release, not the parking brake release. :)
Duh! You are correct! Thanks for pointing that out... :surrender:

Another example of me rushing through a project... :mad

Fred
 
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