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Old 12-03-2004
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In-operable third brake light's

I read about this on another forum a while back and thought i would pass this information along to everyone else. Alot of Ranger's third brake light stops working. I've mainly noticed it on Gen3/Gen4's but havent seen many Gen5's and 04's to say about them. After i read about this i watched for them one day and noticed about half of the ranger's i saw in one day had in-operable third brake lights. This may also be true for the Mazda's. My Grandfather owns a 2000 B3000 and his no longer works, but his cargo lamps do. I do know mine works because i tested it before i did my brake light mod. I just thought i would share this information to save a few people from getting pulled over or missing it on a vehicle inspection.
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It's a single bulb system, so most of them ar probably just bad bulbs or corroded sockets. Replace the bulb, clean the socket, should solve the problem, just like any other light.

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Question, what question?... :p
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yeah I've had my breaklight go out (found it out while I was getting warrenty work at the dealer) Want us to do it for $10.00 was like umm no

So they where finishing up the paper work, walked across the street to pepboys and bout a 2pack for like 3-4 bucks so I put it on while they where working on the paperwork.

On and Shannon's Sport Trac needed one as well
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I think the seal behind the lamp gets bad and it corrodes from rain and water. Next time I get mine off, it'll get a tiny bit of silicone to make sure it's sealed tight.
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Keep in mind silicone itself is corrosive (it emits acid as it cures). I never, ever, use it on anything electrical. There is a special type that does NOT release an acid, specifically for electrical/electronic work. I'd use something else if I was you.
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yeah i have noticed this as well and my aunt's 96 had thiat problem but i fixed it by cleaning the socket and replacing the bulb just like the goo-roo said :D
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There are morons here that drive around with only their third light being the operable brake light. It's insanity, I almost rearend some of these dolts regularly.
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mine went out about a week ago, at first the filiment looked okay till i tapped it. so i replaced the bulb and now it works.
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mines been out for a month now....

everytime i think to change it, i dont have the time, or im at work
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Keep in mind silicone itself is corrosive (it emits acid as it cures). I never, ever, use it on anything electrical. There is a special type that does NOT release an acid, specifically for electrical/electronic work. I'd use something else if I was you.
Hmm...<Writes that down>
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Mines out...I looked in the tailgate, at a red light, and i pressed the brakes, and let go, then did it again, nothing, no reflection, so its out..lol
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