C H E C K --- Y O U R --- B R A K E --- L I G H T S ---- !!!
Today I was installing another mod . . . . a 3rd brake light strobe
Was taking longer than expected, but I had to do some cutting & spent time reworking my home made soul decal
But it all came together & set up a mirror so I could see it in action !
1st time worked . . . nice
2nd time, looking good
3rd time, NO ! NO brake lights at all ! tried some more, nothing !
I’m thinking it must have blown the fuse, Nope fuse good, put fuse in & tried again
No, but yes, a delayed reaction I saw . . . .
I quickly took out the flasher relay mod & tried again, still very intermittent
Started messing with the brake switch & connection down by the pedal & seemed to be the trouble area,
Went to Kia global tech & got some info & went & took the switch out.
Bench tested OK, tried cleaning with some contact cleaner , don’t think it helped
Reinstalled & it got more consistently intermittent action
My Soul has 1000 miles before the electrical warranty expires, I contacted 2 dealers,
Both couldn’t do it till Monday ( = fri noon ) , Parts has switch in stock for 25 bucks
Kia hates & has almost told me they won’t work on my car under warranty due to all my mod’s,
This 3rd light strobe would be a “Kia” no no too, just like my diy side markers, diy mirror flashers, diy hid’s, diy hard wire/switch pizza sign,
Diy horn, diy stereo & amp, so I went & got the switch & installed & adjusted
Work’s perfect ! Put the strobe flasher mod back in & works perfect !
Damm switch must have been failing before I started tinkering with the light mod.
Sure thru me for a loop, was sure the flasher relay screwed something up
I will post a DIY of the flasher strobe soon
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Edit: I edited the title as to not scare anyone. Yes there is a coming recall on the brake light switch so KIA knows it could be a failure point. But it is always good measure to go around your car to check that all the lights work. I do it every time I get gas. It one of those preventative things that it is good to do. -Rodville