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All lights work except rear brake lights. The brake light in the window works. Flashers work, blinkers, taillights. Already checked fuses, brake pedal switch, bulbs. Friend took wire from middle brake light and spliced into it and made all brake lights work. Problem was didn't check blinkers etc before leaving. Now if brake pedal is applied and you turn on blinkers they come on like hazard lights, if you just turn on blinkers its like they barely have power, dim. Sometimes when using blinker with brake pedal there's a clicking under gear shifter like when you apply brake to put in gear. If using cruise control and use blinker to pass someone it turns off cruise control. Obviously splicing really messed it up. Cant figure out why brake lights wouldn't work to begin with. Also at one time license plate lights were not completely replaced and it has burnt out and melted the socket to a black mangled mess. Lights behind heater switches come on and off when they want. Temp gauge is pegged to H all the time now, cruise control has stopped working and is working again, and heater fan doesn't work on occasion. Different problems or do these all effect the other?

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Hi there,

Both the hazard and the blinker flashers are located on the fuse panel. They pull straight out.

When both turn signals fail, the cause may be a blown fuse, a faulty flasher, a broken turn signal switch or a bad connection.

When you try the turn signals, do they light up and not blink?
-If so, probably the flasher unit.

When you try the turn signals, does nothing happen?
-Check the fuse

Let me know if the problem continues after replacing the flasher.

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Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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SOURCE: No brakelights or taillights

Yop may have a very common problem unique to that year car.
I have two definite fixes for you:
Open the trunk. Look at the wiring harness that is hooked onto the driver side arm that holds the trunk lid to the body. Untape the wiring harness from the edge of the trunk lid back towards the driver rear seat. You are most likely going to find a broken wire or two, prob a green with a red tracer. The repeated action of lifting/closing the trunklid seems to break the brake/tail power wires. If the wiring harness is perfect, no breaks, AND you have a rear spoiler, remove the trunk interior trim that faces the driver side 1/4 panel. Hidden behind a brace will be a small box. This is the brake lamp sensor. If it has failed, you may need to replace this box. Either fix should resolve your issue.

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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Just found the answer on another site. Sure enough went out removed the 3 philips head screws in the steering column opened it up and walla a wire connection had pulled itself free. When my son uses my truck he always uses the tilt steering, when I get in I have to readjust it. because of this the wire connection pulled itself out. I simply pushed it back in an blinker and brake light are now working. My husband is now trying to figure a way to secure the wire connection so it doesn't pull itself out again. Hope this helps others, either by saving the cost of a dealership or machanic or from getting rear ended.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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YOU NEED A TEST LIGHT AND ALSO A GOOD WIRING DIAGRAM AND YOU SHOULD BE OK

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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HI. the flasher is faulty or damaged. replacing this device will fix your issue.

Posted on May 27, 2009

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