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Bmw x5 2003 , rear brake lights always on ( not the center one) , horn does not work , radio does not work . this all started with I had to jump start my car

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Never jump start with another vehicle. always use a jump box. If that battery is more than 3 years old replace it. A bad battery will damage the alternator (full field condition). Check all the fuses. Un plug the brake light switch to see if brake lights go out. If they go out replace the switch, make sure the switch is adjusted correctly . It is located under the dash at the brake pedal arm, the plug will have 2 wires in the plug.

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