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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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1996 ford contour: the 3rd brake light works but not..relay

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i have no brake lights the 3rd brake light works but not the other two is there a brake light relay, the car is a 1996 ford contour.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ron replied 8 years ago.



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In most case if the third brake is working then the brake switch is working properly and in most case the problem is in the multi-function (turn signel) switch.


Check the brake light bulbs and replace if needed.

Check the voltage on the Orange/Black (O/BK) wire into the multi-function switch. It should show 12 volts when stepping on the brake pedal. If it does not, repair the circuit between the Brake On Off (BOO) switch and the multi-function switch.

If there is voltage on the O/BK, use a jumper wire to jump the O/BK to either the Blue/Black (BL/BK) or the Blue/White (BL/WH) wires. If the brake lights come on, replace the multi-function switch. If not, repair the circuits going to the brake lights.


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i have no power to the bulbs ther are two switche's on the pedal the top switch worked the 3rd brake light is the bottom switch for the cruse contrl?
Expert:  Ron replied 8 years ago.
Yes the brake light switch feeds the third brake and then tee to the multi-function switch , run the test I sent and you will likely find it is the multifunction switch.