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Fender brake lights not working

I have a 1997 ford explorer eddie bauer awd v8. the tailgate brake light works but the fender brake lights do not. Checked fuses, used test light to check for power, grounding off frame, and nothing. and also have brake lights for trailer harness. have also checked brake light socket plugs, can you help please.

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You should probably check the multi-function switch. This is the turn signal switch assembly. The brake lights on most all vehicles, are routed through the turn signal switch, and then go to the rear of the vehicle. This is done because the brake light bulb on many vehicles is used as a turn signal bulb as well, and there has to be a way to break the connection from the brake light circuit to allow the turn signal to operate on the same bulb. Use caution when checking or removing the multi-function switch assembly, as you must remove the protective cover from the steering column, and there is an air bag harness located inside. If in doubt, always refer to the manufacturer's service guidelines for making any repairs in or around the steering column.

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