How to Replace a 2003 Camry's Brake Light Switch

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The brake-light switch is an easy repair that can be done at home in less than an hour. Your Camry's brake lights help keep you from getting in an accident, and some care must be taken to get their adjustment correct. The measurements in this article come from the Chilton Manual for the 2003 model Camry.

Things You'll Need

  • New brake light switch
  • Wrench set
  • Measuring Caliper
  • Locate the brake-light switch on a bracket above the brake pedal.

  • Disconnect the wiring harness from the top of the switch.

  • Loosen the lock-nut and remove the old switch.

  • Install the new switch into the bracket, re-tighten the lock-nut and reconnect the wiring harness.

  • Adjust the brake-light switch to 1/32 to 3/32 of an inch between the bracket and the brake-pedal stop. If you do not have the ability to measure the distance, adjust the switch until it is just barely touching the pedal stop. Tighten the lock-nut.

  • Have an assistant stand behind the car and check the lights; readjust, if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Break lights should come on before the brakes engage.
  • When working with electrical systems on a car, disconnect the negative battery cable and tape its end to prevent accidental contact.

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References

  • "Chilton Toyota Camry 2002-05 Maintenance Manual"; Jay Storer; 2006.
  • Photo Credit voiture de course arrêt au stand image by Philippe BERNARD from Fotolia.com
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