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Electrical fault, Brake-light / Side light

FORD GALAXY 2.3 ZETEC 2000 MODEL (my model was not listed)
It was pointed out to me that my near side rear brake-light was out and I had noticed that without my sidelights on the front offside side light came on under braking, I also noticed that with the headlights on that the two working brake-lights came on permanently.I checked the suspect break-light but just touching it made it work, I made sure it was seated properly and now with no lights on the brake-lights work fine although the front sidelight still comes on under breaking, With the headlights on all three brake-lights are permanently on but sometimes flicker when the break pedal is depressed... could this be a faulty switch on the pedal or a faulty relay,
Can I assume that the headlight relay controls both the brake-lights and sidelights ?
I have checked for any loose wires or connections but cannot find any?
I assume the pedal switch is mounted at the top of the pedal but where and which is the headlight relay?
has anyone come across a similar problem?

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  • Darron Jones Oct 17, 2008

    Many thanks, i had already changed the bulb and cured the problem when on closer inspection i noticed the filament wobbling?

    once again thanks for the response!

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    This is a US site, this model is not sold here, so we don't have any first hand knowledge of repair procedures.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Stuck in park, no brake lights. unhooked wires from switch used ohm meter to check continuity. none with brake pedal released. got cont. when pedal depressed. what now?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    My daughter jammed the brake this morning to avoid another car. Now the break pedal is very spongy although stops when pushed near the floor. Previously the brakes were fine.



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Hi simple one the brake light bulb replace the bulbs brake light filiment has gone on one side droped on to the lights circiut hence press brake light headlights come on and vise versa yates210456

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  • paul yates Oct 17, 2008

    hi glad its ok paul



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