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Old 04-09-2014, 07:05 PM   #31
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I Use a 12" x 6" patio brick/block to push down on brake pedal. Then I go check the brake lights. This is the only way you can check your high/3rd brake light all by yourself if you don't have a reflection behind the lights to check with.

And yes cops love using a burnt out bulb to pull you over. Now while you are pulled over, they check you for dwi, proper paperwork, and other issues. I used to do bail bond work in a former life and most people got sent to jail via a small flaw in their vehicle causing the cop to pull them over.
I use a half empty gallon paint can - same thing.

Been quite a discussion on this thread with some good inputs. Glad I have one person agree with me regarding burnt out bulbs as a reason to pull you over.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:12 PM   #32
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I Use a 12" x 6" patio brick/block to push down on brake pedal. Then I go check the brake lights. This is the only way you can check your high/3rd brake light all by yourself if you don't have a reflection behind the lights to check with.

And yes cops love using a burnt out bulb to pull you over. Now while you are pulled over, they check you for dwi, proper paperwork, and other issues. I used to do bail bond work in a former life and most people got sent to jail via a small flaw in their vehicle causing the cop to pull them over.
They might pull you over for a burned out light, but that sure is not a jailable offense in any state.
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Old 04-09-2014, 07:20 PM   #33
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Back when I was running fleets of school buses, most of the drivers used windshield scrapers wedged between seat and brake pedal to check the brake lights. Newer buses - ICs, specifically, have a single button that activates all of the lights at one time, just for the purpose of checking them.
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Back when I was running fleets of school buses, most of the drivers used windshield scrapers wedged between seat and brake pedal to check the brake lights. Newer buses - ICs, specifically, have a single button that activates all of the lights at one time, just for the purpose of checking them.
I was wondering when some company would come up that. Interesting to see the various items people use to depress the brake pedal.
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Much easier to turn the lights on and engage the 4 way flashers. Checks all lights on both tv and trailer as I don't carry patio stones or buckets of paint, etc and I check the lights every time before I get on the highway after parking overnight.
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Funny how my snow scraper isn't in my truck during the summer months. That patio brick is in my garage. When you turn on the lights and 4 way flashers, it does not activate the high mounted brake light. Got to depress the brake pedal to check that. Checking lights when traveling, I like the back up to a glass window idea to check the reflection of ALL the lights. So for all the creative peeps on here, what method do you use to check your reverse lights?
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Funny how my snow scraper isn't in my truck during the summer months. That patio brick is in my garage. When you turn on the lights and 4 way flashers, it does not activate the high mounted brake light. Got to depress the brake pedal to check that. Checking lights when traveling, I like the back up to a glass window idea to check the reflection of ALL the lights. So for all the creative peeps on here, what method do you use to check your reverse lights?
Step on the brakes, pull gear shift down into reverse, while getting ready to pull out. Checks the high mounted brake light and the back up lights all in one easy step by watching reflections in rearview mirror.
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Funny how my snow scraper isn't in my truck during the summer months. That patio brick is in my garage. When you turn on the lights and 4 way flashers, it does not activate the high mounted brake light. Got to depress the brake pedal to check that. Checking lights when traveling, I like the back up to a glass window idea to check the reflection of ALL the lights. So for all the creative peeps on here, what method do you use to check your reverse lights?
I check my reverse lights and all other rear mounted lights off the reflection of something if available ( it's just a habit of mine - you would be surprised how reflective the large front bumper of a big rig tractor is). If I'm due for a reverse light check and nothing reflective is around,I simply start the vehicle,set the emergency brake,put it in reverse and get out and look.
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Wow, didn't expect 2 pages so quickly on this.

Thanks for the great tips!
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I keep it simple and just use the DW to check lights.
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