Since you can’t see your brake lights when you drive your vehicle, you probably won’t notice as soon as they burn out. Testing your lights lets you know if they’re working or not, so you know when it’s time to replace them. Here’s how to test your brake lights.
Push the Brakes
If you’re hearing honks from behind you when you’re obeying the rules of the road, other drivers might be trying to alert you to a faulty brake light. Test your brake lights in your garage or driveway before you hit the road, because you probably won’t be able to fix a broken brake light on the highway. Have a friend or family member stand behind your vehicle while you push the brake pedal down. This is a surefire way to tell if you have any problems.
Change the Bulbs
When you push down on the brakes and your partner tells you the lights aren’t illuminating, you might just have blown out your bulbs. Changing your brake light bulbs out is usually a simple task. However, you don’t want to replace your blown-out brake lights with bulbs that aren’t ideal for your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to find out what wattage and bulb type you should look for.
See Your Mechanic
If you replace your light bulbs and your brakes still don’t work, then the bulbs were probably not the problem in the first place. In this case you might have an issue with your socket, which is something you shouldn’t deal with by yourself. Make an appointment with your mechanic as soon as you can to get your brake lights back up and running.
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