I found the Pelican Technical article on how to replace the brake light switch.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/E36-Brake_Switch/E36-Brake_Switch.htm

I was able to yank my old switch out by breaking the plastic housing. I was wondering if anyone can give me tips on installing the new switch??? I can see that it should only be inserted in one orientation, but I can't get it to lock in place.