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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 09:34   #1

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Morning gang, ok, so here's the problem, yesterday my brake lights were pointed out to me as not working on my way to college. checked connections...seem ok, get normal rear lights when the fronts are on, indicators fine, reverse fine...but no brakes.....checked contact on switch under the bonnet, seem to get good what could this be????

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 10:48   #2
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i hade the same problem with my amazon, after changing the switch all was fine

there was a lot of sluge inside the switch stoping mormal breaking preasure to make the contact

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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 12:59   #3
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have you looked at the brake fillament in the bulbs? they are dual fillament so if the rear lights are on with the headlights, it doesnt mean that the brake lights will work
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A new hydraulic switch or maybe one of these ?
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 14:47   #5
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Sounds light the switch. You check the lights by disconnecting the switch.
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 18:53   #6
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Put a meter across the switch to check for continuity when the brake pedal is pressed. It should close with very little pressure but may need heavy foot, which isn't any good. Replace switch.
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thanks for the help guys....any idea where to get one from? any inter-marque/model tips? for example are rthey the same as another car? or just a general mechanical brake switch, from say the local motor factors?

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The brake switch is the same as many classics. It should be the same as the morris minor and the like. Ebay is usualy full of them. I presume it's a pre 1969 car as the switch is different on the later ones. They are known to be faulty even when new.
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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 20:08   #9
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Aloha All,

Ironically I came on here for basically the same problem. I checked fuses and bulbs, and the rear lights come on with the fronts and decided it must be some type of switch issue.

Since I am a newbie, I am not familiar with the location of the brake switch under bonnet (on a 1964 1800S). Can you point me in the general right direction?

I have a service manual (Brooklands) but I could not find it in there.

Many thanks,

1800S Chassis No. 9217

ps I now see the link for the SWEM kit...anyone have one of these? Sounds like a pretty good upgrade...
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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 23:00   #10
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A new hydraulic switch or maybe one of these ?
That won't work for a RHD car. I went through this with Ron Kwas and have a design for a new bracket for a RHD car that I need to get back to Ron once I check it all out (18 months and counting so don't hold your breath).

Brake switch is in the middle of this photo, behind the red battery wire. This is from a RHD 1967 car, so your LHD 64 will be a bit different. It has four brake lines going to it and the two electrical connections coming out of the middle. The bit with the electrical connections unscrews from the bit that holds the brake lines and that can be replaced. I would expect any supplier of parts for classic Volvos to have them.
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