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Brake lights and /u lights on 1983 Ford F-150 are not

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Brake lights and b/u...

Brake lights and b/u lights on 1983 Ford F-150 are not working. Tail lights are. Checked the fuse, the bulbs and they are okay

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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 2 years ago
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Hello,

Most likely the brake light switch is bad. Look under the dash at the top of the brake pedal and you will see a switch that gets pushed when the brake pedal is applied.

Unplug the connector and jumper the 2 wires that you unplugged together with a paper clip or a small piece of wire and see if the brake lights come on. If they do, replace the switch.

The reverse lights are on a different circuit and they get power from the neutral safety switch on the side of the transmission (if its an automatic trans)

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Ford Mechanic: Virtual Wrench, Ford Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Hi,

Have you had a chance to jumper those 2 wires?

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