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Brake lights don't work

How do i fix the brake lights in my 1988 ford tempo L.
I checked the fuses, and the switch and wiring

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Good ground ? you might need someone to step on the brakes while you check the wires to the back with a test light. if it has no power it could be the brake light switch located near the brake pedal up under the dash .. holler if you need more Jerry .

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