1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome To LandyZone!

    LandyZone is the biggest Land Rover forum on the net. We have plenty of very knowledgable members so if you have any questions about your Land Rover or just want to connect with other Landy owners, you're in the right place.

    Registering is free and easy just click here, we hope to see you on the forums soon!

Brake and reversing light not working

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by RUSSTY, Nov 21, 2016.

< Previous Thread | Next Thread >
  1. RUSSTY

    RUSSTY New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    WOLVERHAMPTON
    Hi all. any ideas why my brake and reversing lights have stopped working. also when you are in reverse and put the windscreen wipers on the back should also work but it doesn't. I have checked the fuse but it's ok. any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks. Russ. should mention it's a 2001 freelander.
     
  2. Hippo

    Hippo Lord Hippo

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2007
    Posts:
    43,598
    Likes Received:
    35,390
    I have had the same on a v6 auto. It was the switch on the rear of the ignition. Worn/burnt contacts. Fault was intermittent and got worser. Do the lights work when the electric's are on and the engine oft?
     
  3. RUSSTY

    RUSSTY New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    WOLVERHAMPTON
    Hi. Thanks for your advice. Just been messing and if I ram it into revese hard the reversing lights work and the wiper so I presume that switch is on its way out. as for the brakes still no luck so presume that switch has also gone. just a coincidence. anyway im booked into the garage in the morning as I don't have time to mess with it. and its cold and wet. will post the outcome.
     
  4. rob_bell

    rob_bell Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2016
    Posts:
    2,727
    Likes Received:
    629
    Location:
    London
    Yes, it sounds like the reverse light switch. I've had to replace mine (although my reverse lights still don't work, so now I have to chase the problem back through the loom - I'm hoping it is a poor contact with one of the bullet connectors, because driver's side fuse box F2 is fine and the bulbs are intact.

    Which brake lights aren't working? If all, it is interesting to note that both the brake and reverse lights share the same F2 (10A if I recall correctly) fused power supply - so that may be your culprit.

    On my 2001, only the nearside rear brake light is not working. Again, not the bulb (replaced with new to be sure). The rear tail light works fine, so the common earth is fine. So either a corroded contact inside the bulb holder, or a damaged wire/connector somewhere. Again, more fun with the multimeter and an aerosol can of contact cleaner!
     
  5. RUSSTY

    RUSSTY New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    WOLVERHAMPTON
     
  6. RUSSTY

    RUSSTY New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    WOLVERHAMPTON
    Hi all brake lights have gone but fuse is fine so looks like the switch. good luck with yours.
     
  7. rob_bell

    rob_bell Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2016
    Posts:
    2,727
    Likes Received:
    629
    Location:
    London
    All sorted now.

    The brake light problem turned out to be the bulb holder - the electrical contact just needed teasing up and out to make a decent contact with the bulb's electrodes and Bob's your mother's brother - fully functional brake lights!

    The reversing lights turned out to be a badly corroded loom bullet connector to the reverse switch (which had already been replaced and proven faulty).

    Now all present and correct :D
     
    Joe_H likes this.
  8. RUSSTY

    RUSSTY New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2015
    Posts:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    WOLVERHAMPTON
    All sorted. both switches had gone.
     
  9. Panic Over

    Panic Over Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2016
    Posts:
    84
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Fylde Coast
    Sorry to resurrect, all three of my brake lights have stopped working. 2001 Freelander Auto TD4. The reversing lights work, I believe they're on the same fuse. Does anyone have an idea what could be the cause.

    Why do they call this day Good Friday?
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2017
  10. Nodge68

    Nodge68 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Posts:
    25,512
    Likes Received:
    6,729
    Location:
    Near Newquay
    Brake light switch would be my first guess.
     
    Panic Over likes this.
  11. Panic Over

    Panic Over Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2016
    Posts:
    84
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Fylde Coast
    Spot on, will be fixed today.

    Thanks Nodge.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017
< Previous Thread | Next Thread >