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Old 02-01-2011
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break lights malfunction

so my taillights go on but when apply the breaks my break lights wont show including 3rd break light, ive checked all bulbs and there okay, could it be fuse or break switch? i have a 97 ford ranger xlt lost the manual so im not sure which fuse is the right one.
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bump...im having the same problem with my truck. tail lights still work. but all 3 brake lights are out. none of the brake lights fuses or the brake pedal position switch fuse is bad. any ideas? thanks

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just checked the position switch and it is good too....any other ideas? do they all share the same ground that could be messed up?
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shot in the dark, but when i got my grand prix back in the day, my BRAKE lights didn't work.

turns out it was the multifunction switch in the steering column. not sure if its the same on these trucks or not though.
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Old 02-05-2011
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i had the same problem before it was my brake light /Stoplight Switch
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/se...ger&vi=1138160

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/se...e+light+switch
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ya well i tested my switch..or at least i thought i did....mine doesnt have the little 2 wire switch thing that hooks to the pedal. mine has a little black connector that has 4 wires on it. one has constant power and the other only has power when you press the brake pedal. so im assuming the sensor most work. but ya im not sure of what it could be.
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i know darn im stuck in the same rut, i really do not want to take it in to fix due to whatever they may charge but if i cant figure it out i just may have too
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Old 02-06-2011
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i fixed mines yesterday, all that was wrong was one wire broke off from the terminals where you insert the plug, look good and check that all wires are attached properly. i dunno if this helps but it worked for me!
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like the wires on the plug on the brake pedal?
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Old 02-08-2011
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it was the wires which connect to the plug holes where the break switch plugs into.
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