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Ford 2002 explorer brake lights

The brake lights on my ford explorer won't go on when the brake is depressed. I've replaced the brake switch.

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    brake lights dont work

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    brake lights dont work in 2002 ford explorer

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Replace the bubs and/or check the wiring connections with a electrical tester for power.

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