Brake Lights not working.. Help please
I just recently bought a 77 Impala. Has 49k miles on it and it's original engine. Every thing in it is basically what was in it when it's rolled off the lot. There has been some minor repairs done to it.. but nothing with the electrical system..
When i first got it, the turn signal was busted,the arm has snapped off and was hanging out the steering column by a wire. Everything else worked including the brake lights. Only thing i couldn't control was the hi-beams, turn lights and my cruise control. I took my car to my uncle who is a mechanic, to try to fix the turn signal. I was hoping it was just a broken switch.. sadly it took looks like it will be a junk yard part. I don't know what you call it.. but the pot metal part that holds the arm to the switch busted off.. so i will have to try to find that part @ a pick and pull.
At any rate.. since i needed to have control over my turn lights.. i got my uncle to jimmy rig a switch i can turn on to turn on my signal lights. We didn't have a repair manual so we had no electrical diagram to work off of so we didn't know wait wires controlled what... we did manage to find the correct wires and got the switch working perfect. However.. since then my brake lights hasn't worked.
It really confused me because we where not working any where near the wires for the brakes. I mean.. we cut into the wires.. @ the bottom of the steering column..i can't see how my brake lights would be connected before that point.. and they only control the turn signals .. as far as we could tell..
Would have really helped if we had a electrical diagram
Anyone have any insight or guidance in this situation? I was also wondering if anyone knows any good resource for a year and model specific repair manual.. all i can find are ones with a huge range of years