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Chevrolet Captiva Service & Repair Manual: Brake Light Switch R&R


1. Disconnect the electrical connection.
2. Rotate the stop lamp switch counterclockwise to remove it from the pedal assembly, Fig. 1.
3. Reverse procedure to install. Adjust stop lamp switch.


Caution: Proper stop lamp switch adjustment is essential. Improper stop lamp switch adjustment could cause brake drag and excessive brake lining wear.
1. Cycle the brake pedal to ensure free brake pedal movement and full return prior to setting the switch.
2. Slide the brake stop lamp switch into the retainer until the switch plunger is touching against the striker plate.
3. Once the switch barrel is against the strike plate, twist clockwise 60° until the travel stop has been reached to lock it in place.
4. With the switch properly adjusted, there will be a .008-.47 inch clearance between the end of the switch barrel and the striker plate on the pedal arm.
5. Cycle the brake pedal to ensure the brake switch electrical connector is fully seated, and that the switch remains in place.
6. Verify the operation of the brake stop lamp.

Fig. 1

Replacing the brake light switch in a Chevrolet Captiva First generation Owners Manual involves a systematic process outlined in the service and repair manual. This procedure is crucial for ensuring proper brake light functionality, which is essential for vehicle safety.

Start by parking the vehicle on a level surface and engaging the parking brake. Ensure the engine is turned off before beginning the R&R (Removal and Replacement) process. Wear safety gloves and eye protection for added safety.

Locate the brake light switch, which is typically mounted near the brake pedal assembly. It is responsible for activating the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed. Inspect the switch for any signs of damage, wear, or malfunction that may require replacement.

To remove the old brake light switch, disconnect the electrical connector attached to the switch. Depending on the Captiva's model and configuration, there may be a retaining clip or mounting bracket securing the switch in place. Use a suitable tool to remove these clips or brackets carefully.

Once the old switch is removed, install the new brake light switch by positioning it correctly in the mounting location. Secure the switch with any retaining clips or brackets as necessary. Reconnect the electrical connector to the new switch, ensuring a secure connection.

Test the brake lights after installing the new switch to confirm proper functionality. Depress the brake pedal and observe if the brake lights illuminate as expected. If the lights do not activate or there are any issues with the switch, double-check the installation and connections.

Perform a final inspection to ensure all components are securely installed and there are no loose parts. Lower the vehicle from any jack stands used during the procedure and test drive to verify that the brake lights operate correctly during normal driving conditions.

Following these steps and consulting the service manual ensures a successful Brake Light Switch R&R in the Chevrolet Captiva, maintaining optimal brake light functionality and vehicle safety.

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