Ok, this problem has plagued me for a couple months every day now. Before, it was about once every 2 weeks and was on both sides, and it usually fixed itself after I restarted the car or I jiggled the lights, fixed, no big deal.
Now, it's coming on all of the time, only on the right side. Sometimes it's immediately after I start the car, other times it's after 5 minutes of driving. Usually turning off the car and re-starting it fixes it.... until it decides to go out again, which is usually within the next few minutes at the most psycologically damaging time.
The bulbs are perfectly fine. I've even bought new ones, swapped bulbs from left to right swapped holders, I've removed the bulb holders and polished the contacts. That seemed to help for the next couple days, but it started happening again. I've unhooked the connector, re-hooked it, and jiggled all the connectors and re-seated them. I have even taken out the taillight assembly and polished the contacts on that thing with the dremmel and made sure nothing was shorted out or fractured.
I'm totally flabbergasted. This shouldn't be the brake switch should it? If that went out, wouldn't the rest of the lights go out? I've got a red piece on my switch, so, according to bavauto's pictures, I've got the two pin switch.
Help! This is REALLY GETTING TO ME!!! It's gonna suck to be pulled over by the police and explain to them that it's not the bulbs and my car's malfunctioning... then I'd get a ticket or something.
I did just what you did. Cleaned and bent contacts. Replaced bulbs. Turned the ignition off then back on. But still the error message came back. Everyone said change the (four-contact) switch. So, I changed it. No more error messages.
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