How-To: Replace 7G (03-07) Brake Light Switch - Honda Accord Forum : V6 Performance Accord Forums
Ribbon Banner

Go Back   Honda Accord Forum : V6 Performance Accord Forums > CAR SPECIFIC DISCUSSION > 7TH GENERATION HONDA ACCORD (2003-2007) > 7G HONDA ACCORD TECHNICAL DISCUSSION
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read Insurance
V6Performance.net is the premier Honda Accord Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By DreaminAccord

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old March 1st, 2014, 12:42 PM   #1
Registered User
 
DreaminAccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,083
How-To: Replace 7G (03-07) Brake Light Switch

DISCLAIMER: This tutorial is being written as a guide and in no shape or form do I hold liability for any damage you cause to your vehicle by attempting this procedure individually and not by a professional, certified mechanic.

HOW-TO: Remove and Replace a 7th Generation (2003-2007) Honda Accord Brake Light Switch

Possible Symptoms of Failure:
-- No brake light illumination upon depression of the brake pedal
-- Continuous brake light illumination after car is shutdown and ignition is OFF
-- Steady /!\TCS ('03-05) or /!\VSA ('06-07) illumination (TCS/VSA will blink when the system is actively assisting the vehicle to gain stability. Steady illumination is indicative of an issue with either the module or in my case the BLS)



VIDEO:
My Video Explanation / Demonstration


I started seeing my /!\VSA light come on in a steady state for no apparent reason. After searching around on the forums, I came to the conclusion that the brake light switch (which is known to fail) must have went bad / was malfunctioning, even though I still had fully functioning brake lights!



PICS:
1) Start by removing the steering wheel column panel and under grommet by carefully pulling and releasing the tabs to gain access to the brake light switch.
** Remove 1 Philips screw (bottom left of steering wheel panel) first **




2) Switch location - directly above brake pedal




3) Brake pedal in full resting position:


(If you look closely, you can see a little piece of the white that is still sticking out on my old switch, even with the brake pedal at full resting position)


4) Brake pedal being depressed:


(In this pic, you can see the bluish-purple plate that engages/disengages the switch as the brake actuator moves forward/backward)
0VM66T likes this.
__________________
Ben

'07 EX-L HFP V6 Coupe w/ Navi - "Tawonda"
Graphite Pearl / Black Leather
(Sold 7/26/17)

'17 Touring HFP V6 Coupe - "Bianca"
White Orchid Pearl / Black Ivory Leather
(Purchased 5/18/17)

Last edited by DreaminAccord; March 1st, 2014 at 06:26 PM..
DreaminAccord is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old March 1st, 2014, 04:05 PM   #2
Registered User
 
accord325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Tampa
Posts: 2,392
Was the switch itself bad ? I Ask cause this happended on my truck. The switch moved forward some how and all I had to do was adjust it forward a couple tabs. Moving it forward allowed the button to be depressed fully...problem solved.

Very nice write up BTW.
accord325 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old March 1st, 2014, 05:24 PM   #3
Registered User
 
DreaminAccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,083
It may or may not have been bad... I didn't really look at it until I had already ordered the new one. The only reason why I ordered a new one was mainly because...

1) Their history of being known to be problematic on our generation (and to me anything related to brakes/signaling/lights/etc. is a major safety concern which gets top priority in always being 100% working/inspected routinely)

2) The price for a new one is so cheap

3) The install/replacement literally takes < 5 minutes (Stealership charges an hour+ of labor for this install?? Psh.)

4) I had to run to the dealership anyhow to get some more DW-1 haha

But yea, you're absolutely right, I may have been able to just re-adjust it further up and it could've been fine. *shrugs* Oh well, next time I'll try that first - I did keep the old one, too. haha

and thanks for the compliment bud!
__________________
Ben

'07 EX-L HFP V6 Coupe w/ Navi - "Tawonda"
Graphite Pearl / Black Leather
(Sold 7/26/17)

'17 Touring HFP V6 Coupe - "Bianca"
White Orchid Pearl / Black Ivory Leather
(Purchased 5/18/17)

Last edited by DreaminAccord; March 1st, 2014 at 06:29 PM..
DreaminAccord is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old March 5th, 2014, 08:22 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LA
Posts: 76
Good write up....I actually went through that about 6 months ago. And yes the stealership wanted to charge 1 hour of labor well actually they wanted to drop off the car and then tell me that I need that switch and many other stuff on my car..
Innovated is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old March 5th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Murders23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NorCal
Posts: 185
When I did this, I didn't have to remove the steering wheel column panel. Just the piece underneath.
Murders23 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old March 6th, 2014, 04:55 PM   #6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LA
Posts: 76
if you don't mind me asking how many miles you had when this went out on you?
Innovated is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old March 9th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #7
Registered User
 
DreaminAccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,083
I'm currently at 56k
__________________
Ben

'07 EX-L HFP V6 Coupe w/ Navi - "Tawonda"
Graphite Pearl / Black Leather
(Sold 7/26/17)

'17 Touring HFP V6 Coupe - "Bianca"
White Orchid Pearl / Black Ivory Leather
(Purchased 5/18/17)
DreaminAccord is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old April 16th, 2014, 05:31 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: South Fla
Posts: 2
In my 14 years of driving I've had this happen to me on 2 cars (when the brake lights would stayilluminated even with the car off) and both times I just taped a penny to the blue/purple tab (quick fix) and never had another problem after that BUT I never knew the brake switches were cheap. They always seemed expensive to me for some reason.

Good write up
BMArias15 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old April 16th, 2014, 09:01 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Murders23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: NorCal
Posts: 185
This morning the vsa light came on and I noticed (since it was dark) the brake light didn't go off. I'm going to check if it might of moved. If not that will be the 2nd switch I replace in 3 years.
Murders23 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old November 23rd, 2015, 11:05 PM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 199
Do you know how much this part is at the dealer?
Battery is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old November 24th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #11
Registered User
 
bozos_si's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: North minneapolis, MN
Posts: 934
Did your check engine light come on as well? If so what code was it throwing? I am having mine throw a code and the code it says it is is the pedal sensor. I replaced it twice and I am still having the same problem. The VSA light doesnt always come on but when it does I get the check engine light and it runs in limp mode.
bozos_si is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old January 17th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #12
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 199
Ever since fixing mines, the bottom panel seems to sag off lower once in a while. I'm thinking of just removing it because it sometimes drops near my foot when I brake. Not sure if its just because it's old and the plastic can't hold anymore.
Battery is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old January 24th, 2016, 07:24 AM   #13
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 11
Good stuff here.
Tingo923 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old January 24th, 2016, 07:26 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 11
It's not the switch it's the thread in the bracket in which you put the switch I had the same issue.
Tingo923 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old January 29th, 2016, 12:28 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 199
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tingo923 View Post
It's not the switch it's the thread in the bracket in which you put the switch I had the same issue.
What you mean?
Battery is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old April 10th, 2016, 06:51 PM   #16
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 1
my problem is much like the original poster, but i have no light on my dash telling me of a problem.
raymel1 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old October 27th, 2016, 07:06 AM   #17
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 1
I just had this issue and fixed it without replacing the switch. I only found out I had a problem when a coworker told me while pulling into work that my brake lights weren't on. The circuit in the switch had been making sparatic connections so I was given no warning light on the dash.

I removed the switch as directed above and then simply took it apart using a flat head screwdriver to pry it apart. I cleaned the switch using carburetor cleaner (I know, not the best) and cue tips. I then applied some silicone grease and put the switch back together. Works just fine now.
Flytiger12 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Honda Accord Forum : V6 Performance Accord Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Chapter
Choose your AV6 Chapter Location
Ride
What do you drive?
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On