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Ok, when headlights are off, and i depress the brake pedal the dashboard lights come on. And with the headlights on, the brake lights seem to be fixed on, therefore not being able to see when im braking or not. this is on my ford puma 1997 model

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Look for issues with the rear lights, suspect items are grounds, and bulb filiments.

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