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Hello can anyone please help i'm trying to solve my brake light problem on my 1999 xk8. it started with the offside brake light not working & I wasn't getting anything come up on the dash. I tried to feed a wire from the nearside to the offside which worked for about 5 mins then they both went out. I disconnected the wire & the nearside brake light came back on but then it went dim & eventually out. The only brake light working now is the centre one. I still haven't got any faults for brake light failure but I have got the ABS light on & traction control, stability control fault but the engine is running fine. Also i've checked all the necessary fuses & they are all OK. Your help would be very much appreciated

 

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Hi there. Had a similar Brake Light problem on mine although the Dash Indication did come on. The cure was to disconnect the connectors from the Rear Light Clusters and give them a good clean and reseat them, I think it's safe to say that these cars do suffer from little electrical glitches often caused by poor connections so for me the first port of call for problems like these is the associated Connectors/Plugs/Sockets. A Can of proper Switchcleaner such as Servisol ( NOT WD 40 ) is a must for the garage shelf !

The ABS problem you have is pretty well discussed in the " ABS warning light on 2002 xk8 " Thread just a couple of Posts down in this Lounge. Although I'm no expert I don't think this problem would also cause your Brake Light Snag.

 

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4 hours ago, Nige005 said:

Hi there. Had a similar Brake Light problem on mine although the Dash Indication did come on. The cure was to disconnect the connectors from the Rear Light Clusters and give them a good clean and reseat them, I think it's safe to say that these cars do suffer from little electrical glitches often caused by poor connections so for me the first port of call for problems like these is the associated Connectors/Plugs/Sockets. A Can of proper Switchcleaner such as Servisol ( NOT WD 40 ) is a must for the garage shelf !

The ABS problem you have is pretty well discussed in the " ABS warning light on 2002 xk8 " Thread just a couple of Posts down in this Lounge. Although I'm no expert I don't think this problem would also cause your Brake Light Snag.

 

 

4 hours ago, Nige005 said:

Hi there. Had a similar Brake Light problem on mine although the Dash Indication did come on. The cure was to disconnect the connectors from the Rear Light Clusters and give them a good clean and reseat them, I think it's safe to say that these cars do suffer from little electrical glitches often caused by poor connections so for me the first port of call for problems like these is the associated Connectors/Plugs/Sockets. A Can of proper Switchcleaner such as Servisol ( NOT WD 40 ) is a must for the garage shelf !

The ABS problem you have is pretty well discussed in the " ABS warning light on 2002 xk8 " Thread just a couple of Posts down in this Lounge. Although I'm no expert I don't think this problem would also cause your Brake Light Snag.

 

hello Nige thanks for giving your opinion I will try that in a minute, although I did give them a little clean when I took them off. Its been bugging me all day at work today & I wandered if the brake light module could of gone up the creek cos before I fed a wire from the left to the right brake light I didn't have an issue with the left one at all & I also wandered if there was some electronics in there for the ABS  

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