Help!!! no brake or reverse lights working!!

Hi, i've got a Rover 2.14 sli, 1990, and today suddenly i have no brake or reverse lights!!! I have changed bulbs and fuse, but to no avail. Any
help would be greatly appreciated. The man at Les Smith where I purchased the bulbs, did suggest that if the bulbs and fuse failed it could be the 'switch under the actual brake pedal' - but that would mean a trip to the garage. I've never heard of a switch under the brake pedal - yes i know i'm a woman and no car mechanic - but this was news to me. help!! help!!
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sharonhill wrote:

I'm not familiar with that Rover, but I do have some MGs and Minis. Most of the MGs have a switch mounted on the Brake Master Cylinder cover that operates the brake light switch. The Minis have a hydraulic switch mounted in the brake lines. None of mine have a reverse light. British cars mostly use "bullet" connectors for the wiring that will eventually corrode enough to stop providing current to the various electrical items. I suspect that there may be a common electrical source for the brake and reverse lights on your car and that a bullet connector has stopped passing current. Before you spend money on a garage, I suggest that you try pulling some connectors apart, and then reconnect them, one at a time, which is usually what it takes to re-establish connectivity. If you use something to keep pressure on the brake pedal and then check for the brake light coming on as you do the connectors, you may be able to establish which connector is at fault.
-Wee Rocket -- Remember Raccoon's Law: "Nothing Is Ever Always Anything."
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yes it has a switch BY the brake pedal, if you look under there and follow the brake pedal from the rubber up and under the lower dash you will see a small square black plastic box with a small connector with 2 wires fitted roughly 2-3 inches from the top of the pedal. this is your brake light switch, if i remember correctly they just turn 90degrees to undo but may have a plastic lock nut to hold it in place very very easy to change even easier to check.
Seperate the wire connector from the switch itself and then use a small lenght of wire to join the 2 wires together, turn your ignition on and go see if your bulbs are alight if they are then the circuit is fine and it will be the switch. if they are not working then probably a fuse.
The brake light circuit is seperate from the reverseing light circuit though so they could be a seperate problem, i can't remember and haven't been able to find on on the 'net if they use the same fuse.
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thank you so much for all our help, have been on holiday only just got back, so will let you know how i get on.
many many thanks once again
Sharon
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We tried doing what you said, but in the end it meant having to buy a new brake light switch, found a very good man to do it, at a very reasonable cost of 27 and that included everything.
So thanks once again, it was worth trying what you suggested
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thank you so much for all your help, just got back off of holiday, so sorry for not replying before. i'll let you know how i get on
many many thanks once again Sharon
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