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98 lumina brake lights and rear turn signals stopped working.

No other problems noted. High center brake light continues to work. As far as I know, they all stopped working at the same time (daughter's car). Are the brakes and turn signals on the same circuit? Would a flasher failure cause a problem with brake light function?

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    all other lights flashers signals all work

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A flasher would not cause this problem, It's in the trun signal switch, it needs to be replaced

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