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Brake light wiring

I have a 1997 ford crown vic and none of the brake lights work and all the bulbs are fine how do i go about fixing the wire

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Have you checked your fuses? If not then do so. Make sure you check both the interior fuse block and the one located in the engine compartment. Check your owners manual exact locations. It should also show the position and purpose of each fuse and relay. If it's a fuse that's causing the problem it will be readily apparent by a broken connection inside the fuse. Relay's are bit trickier. There is a way to check though without spending anything. Once you locate the relay responsible for the rear brake lights. Locate another relay of the same type and size. There should be several similar like one for the wipers, one for the starter. Simply switch them and check the brake lights. If the lights still don't work then your going to have to start checking wires.
Keep in mind that the lights may not be ran through a relay but a large fuse instead. Like a 30 amp.
If you need to check the wiring then from here on it's going to be very difficult without a service manual and an electrical tester. Manuals run about 15 bucks. Most libraries also have service manuals but you need to copy the sections you need. In this case it will be the wiring diagrams. The first place to start is the fuse\relay box you were just in. Then check for power back at the lights. Most of the time you can narrow the cause down before the fuse box or after the wiring harness plug in the back if not then be prepared to start hunting. This is were the wiring diagram come in handy.
I hope this helps. Good luck.

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With the aid of a test light you can determine this first are all the fuses good if so prop a length of wood or if someone is handy there to work the brake , test the wire until power is found then repair as necessary .but check the fuses first as well as the brake pedal switch and ensure it is reaching when the brake pedal is applied

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