How to Replace a Brake Light Switch on a 2006 Hyundai Elantraby Mike Vasick
The 2006 Elantra was in the third generation of this model. Produced by South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai since 1990, the car has been around for a long time.The car was originally assembled only in Ulsan, Korea, but since has been assembled in several countries, including the U.S. While the body design has seen several changes, the powerplant remained largely the same. Originally equipped with a Mitsubishi 1.6-liter engine producing only 113 horsepower, the 2006 had a 2.0 liter engine. While the brake light switch is in a tight location, it is something you can do at home.
Locate and remove the Phillips screws on the trim panel below the steering column. Take the trim tool and pop the upper section of the panel out of the clips, while pulling on the bottom. Remove the trim panel.
Lay on your back look up under the dash. Locate the brake light switch on the brake pedal bracket. Follow the pedal arm up until you see the switch.
Remove the harness connector by pushing the center tab with the flat-head screwdriver, then pull the connector from the switch.
Remove the locking nut from the brake light switch, and unscrew the switch. Screw the new switch into the brake pedal bracket and start the lock nut. Turn the switch until the plunger reaches the pedal arm, then back it off about 3/4 turn. Using the feeler gauge, adjust the switch until the threaded end is 0.04 inches from the pad. Tighten the lock nut. Plug in the connector and test the switch by watching the brake lights. If they don't go off, back the switch out a bit more.
Install the lower trim panel by snapping the top into the clips, then install the Phillips screws on the bottom and tighten.
- This is a very tight area to be working on the car. Be patient!
Things You'll Need
- Metric wrench set
- Small flat-head screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Plastic trim tool
- Feeler gauge
- Be careful of sharp objects protruding under the dash and metal brackets as they can cut you.
Mike Vasick has more than 25 yrs in the auto repair industry.He is factory-certified for repair on Nissan and Subaru vehicles. Vasick has also held management positions in both dealerships and chain stores with nationwide presence, and has spent several years working online helping DIY customers as well as shops repair vehicles.