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    Question Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    Hi, So after noticing that the handbrake light on the Defender 90 i bought does not come on when the parking brake is engaged.
    I lifted the handbrake cover to find that the switch and the wire sensing the handbrake position is missing. ( no 2 and 16 in the diagram)


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    Getting a switch to fir should be easy, but where should tie wire connect to.
    Does it connect to the ECU box or directly to the instrument panel.
    a wiring diagram noted connector 0288 which looks to be orange and behind the dashboard.
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    Some direction would be appreciated
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    It's number 2 on c288.
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    Thanks, i saw those images, but the link harass wire indicated as 16 looks quite short so i imagine it connects somewhere along the line to harness ending in c0288, so in effect i think I` looking for the other end connection to the images you shared
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    What about C0091?
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    I put a string through the hole where the wire should be to see what is on the other side.
    there is a suspicious wire pare twisted together right where the string goes through the body next to the hand brake cable.

    the wire however is white and black, not the expected yellow and white
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    my time ran out, but i imagine if the car is on and i separate the wire the light should come on if its the one im looking for
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    Beter test with multimeter.

    Must be frustrating.
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    What if you unplug the brake fluid level switch and bridge the pins in the connector? can you see the warning lamp then? (it's the same like for the handbrake)
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    This for the handbrake switch, it's separate from the brake switch wiring harness.
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    Default Re: Defender TD5 HandBrake switch and wire

    Quote Originally Posted by phhenning View Post
    I put a string through the hole where the wire should be to see what is on the other side.
    there is a suspicious wire pare twisted together right where the string goes through the body next to the hand brake cable.

    the wire however is white and black, not the expected yellow and white
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    my time ran out, but i imagine if the car is on and i separate the wire the light should come on if its the one im looking for
    Maybe remove the corrugated sleeving and check what wires are in there.
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