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The REAR turn signals & most of the brake lights (except for the small light on top) on my 2000 contour svt are not working. Why would this be happening?

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It sounds like it is the turn signal switch, which is prone to failure on contours. The turn signal switch turns of the break light to allow the turn signal to operate, since they are the same bulb. The center light operates independently which is why it still works.

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Check the fuses and absolutely make sure the correct bulbs are installed. some bulbs look alike, but don't act alike. hope it helps

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