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I have a 96 ford contour and my break lights don't work but my third light works i've changed the bulbs the brake pedal switch, fuses are fine and i've replace the brake light sockets and i still got nothing

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Replace the multifunction switch on the steering column (turn, dimmer, wipers.).

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If the multifunction switch doesn't fix the problem, then it sounds like your wiring harness is shorting out to ground and may need to be repaired or replaced.

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Was gonna say replace switch under brake pedal but after further reading sounds like wiring harness issue if u replaced all that and problem persists.

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