Brake Light Wiring Quiz

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Brake light wiring isn't as difficult as it seems. How knowledgeable are you when it comes to brake light wiring? Take this quiz and find out!

What function do brake lights serve?

Brake lights warn drivers behind you when you're slowing down. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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Where do brake lights draw their energy from?

Brake lights draw their energy from the vehicle's battery. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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What is the first thing you should check if none of your brake lights are working?

If none of the brake lights are working, check the fuse block. Find the fuse marked "brake lights" and check to make sure the fuse isn't burned out. It's not a bad idea to double check the fuse operation using your voltage test light or multi-meter. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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If the fuse for the brake lights is OK, what is the next thing you should check?

If the fuse is OK, check the bulbs. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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What is an easy way to check the bulb?

An easy way to check the bulb is by activating the turn signal. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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How does activating the turn signal test the brake light bulb?

In many cases, the brake light and the turn signal use the same bulb. If the turn signal works, then you know the bulb is fine and the problem is with the wiring. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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If the fuse box and bulb are OK, what is the next thing you should check?

The next step is to check the sockets. Again, you can use your test light to see if the sockets are getting power. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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What's the easiest way to replace the socket in a brake light wiring system?

If you need to replace the socket, it's often easiest to simply cut the wires, then splice on the new socket. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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How often are brake lights on?

Brake lights are on continuously while you are driving. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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Driving without brake lights is:

Driving without brake lights is both illegal and dangerous. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-repair/brake-light-wiring.htm">How Brake Light Wiring Works</a>

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