Chevy Captiva Brake Lights Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 01/10/23 •  3 min read

Chevy Captiva Brake Lights Not WorkingOne of the most important safety elements on your Chevy Captiva are the brake lights. They signal to other motorists that you are going slow and that they should do the same.

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You have a far higher chance of being rear-ended than usual if your brake lights aren’t functioning.

It’s nice to know that fixing broken brake lights isn’t too tough. A broken brake light switch is the most frequent cause of this.

How to Fix Chevy Captiva Brake Lights Not Working

Check the Fuse

If every brake light is not working, look at the circuit that runs under the fuse box up to the pedal. At certain points, the electricity is just not properly transferring between point A and point B. You have to determine exactly where that is. Then, you will need to locate it.

It is important to note that the lights at the end of a vehicle’s tailpipe can still be used if the brake lights are burnt out. It may be that the whole assembly of brake lights is torn out at the very moment that the fuses are blown.

Checking the fuse should be your first step if none of the brake lights are working. It will have a distinct label. Typically, it reads “stop lamps” or something like. To make sure it is not broken, you can pull it out and physically check it.

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Simply connect the light’s clip to a good ground and contact the two metal tabs on the fuse’s top. No fuse has to be pulled for this. Both sides should feel the “hot” side. In that case, swap out the fuse. If it explodes many times, your Tahoe’s wire harness has most likely been damaged on its path to the brake lights. Ensure that you replace the fuse with the same size.

See the Brake Light Switch on Your Captiva

Determine where power is lost between the fuse box and the brake lights. The switch for the brake lights is the most popular placement. They are affordable and simple to replace, which is fantastic news.

The brake light switch on your Captiva is located underneath the pedal. Even when the key is turned off, there should always be electricity going to it. At this time, a test light is absolutely necessary.

There can appear to be two brake controls if your car has cruise control. The other is to instruct the cruise control to switch off when the brake pedal is depressed. To figure out which is which, you might need to refer to your handbook. However, unlike the brake light switch, which receives electricity while the key is off, the cruise control switch typically does not.

Other Wiring Issues

If the brake light switch on your Captiva was found to be functioning properly, but there is no illumination of the brake lights at all, examine the wire harness connecting the brake switch to the light bulbs. Wiring that is frayed, ground-lost, or in a short-or-open condition are all potential problems.

Check the harness after they diverge to see whether you have the “third” or specialized brake light. Because the third brake light is still receiving electricity, you can see that it has electricity before this point.

Examine the trunk. Verify any grounds that the harness may include. Verify that there were no damages to the harness. This is a regular occurrence for freight.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.