Question about 2000 Ford Mustang
PROBLEM FOUND: There is a 'brake switch' on the brake pedal. The brake switch did not fail; two wires that lead to brake switch failed. Actually it was only one wire; the outside insulation of the wire was burnt and damaged by movement over time. The movement of simply depressing brake over the years wore the wire out and it was shorting out...almost broken but still connected. When in park the safety feature of the car is that it will stay in park when the back brake light don't light. But this can be forced out of park. The brake lights fail all together while driving, because the wire on the brake switch behind brake pedal is shorting out. I hate someone yelling and screaming at me because they almost hit me because they think my brake light are blown out...how was I to know any better. Glad I figured this one out for sure...tired of being stuck at the gas pump in park...only to force the automatic into gear with great force...not knowing a red & green striped wire near my brake foot was failing from normal wear and tear!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Brakes fail.
You have a major brake fluid leak. The master cylinder, brake calipers, hose, steel lines or rear wheels cylinders are leaking. Not safe to drive until you repair it.
Posted on Mar 02, 2009
The best thing to do is go to any Advance or Auto Zone and buy the Chilton Repair book for this vehicle and it will have step by step instuctions for any repair that you may need. It also has pictures too. They cost around 19.99 but this book is the best for any repairs that you may ever have. Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 06, 2009
The only thing that could have caused those wires to burn is if somebody put the wrong fuse in the #1 slot. That fuse is SUPPOSED to be in that position is a 15 Amp fuse. I have seen people do dumb things like puting a bigger fuse in when the fuse that is supposed to be in there keeps blowing.
That fuse feeds your multifunction switch and your stop lamp switch. If you have any aftermarket equipment that is tied into your lighting circuits, this may be the reason someone may have been puting a bigger fuse in. I have seen similar things when aftermarket equipment overloads the original fuse and rather than rewire the aftermarket accessories to a different circuit or a circuit of their own, the people simply put a bigger fuse in. This is just a burned wiring harness waiting for a place to happen.
I am not saying that this is what has happened to your car, but it almost HAS TO be something similar. Otherwise, the fuse would have blown and cut the power LONG before the wires had a chance to burn. (That is what fuses are for).
Posted on May 05, 2012
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