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The break light have a fuse in the fuse box. If this blows then both break lights will go out. Its usually under the hood in the fuse box or its in the panel on the right or left inside where the front doors close. Some cars have a fuse box under the steering column. If this is not the problem then it may be a break light switch. These are located just up the break petal. Its a switch that gets released when the break is pushed with your foot.
i have s40 1999 volvo interior lights and stereo was not working but dash lights and headlightswhere fine, also i had car with cross on dash bottom rhs in orange on. replaced 10 amp fuse in main fuse box under the hood rhs. it is located in triple fuse holder. it seems hard to pry of but flat bladed screwdriver new fuse all lights working and orange warning light gone.
This is as a result of a short occurring most likely in the radio harness.
It happened me while working on a customers car. In my case checked all fuses and they all appeared fine, both those under the hood/bonnet and those underneath the steering wheel.
After studying the workshop electrical schemmatics for the car it appears that the clock, interior lights, central locking receiver and radio permanent live/battery are all on the one line.
In effect damage had occurred after the internal fuse panel, therefore all fuses were ok and supplying power across them, but at some point after there was a break in the wire.
However you DO NOT need to remove dash and or replace harnesses to rectify.
Look at the fuse panel underneath the steering wheel. Slot 18 (bottom RHS) and you will see in raised plastic 'BACK UP'. Inserting a 10A fuse here will restore the interior lights, radio, clock and your central locking.
There is a small plastic piece in the way which prevents a fuse going in. Simply use a thin pair of pliers, scissors or a screwdriver (or similar tool) to break this and all pieces of it away until you are able to insert the 10A mini blade fuse.
(I believe the fact this back up exists is because the designers of electrical system at mitsibushi realised it had shortcomings or this would be a potential problem - and included the back up for such an occurence)
Fearghus Quinn (7 years experienced auto electrician & owner of Car Audio company in Perth Western Australia)
Just go through the fuse box and look at each fuse with a flashlight and see if you can see one or more that have a break in the internal of the fuse. You don't need a diagram to do that. Or if you have a test light you can check the posts on the fuses themselves with the key on and see if you get a light on each post of each fuse.