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How do i fix the brake lights on my 1998 ford explorer?

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It sounds to me that the reversing light has a bad bulb. If you have turn signals but no brake lights I would check the brake light switch down by the brake peddle. When you press the peddle it releases the switch to make connection. Check the fuses too...

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Could also be a bad ground or two popped bulbs. I have bought vehicles where I swear the previous owner didn't know how to change ANY light bulbs and just left them burned out.

Also, check this corrective method for your brake lights not working when your headlights are on:
1) The cause of the problem is heat from the bulb.
2) Remove the light assembly as if you were going to change a bulb.
3) Turn the socket and remove it from the taillight assembly and set it aside(check to be sure your bulb is not burnt out).
4) Look at the opening, you will see 3 flat chrome colored contacts on the assembly. Notice the one by it self at the top of the opening, that is the "ground".
5) If you look closely you will notice the plastic around the ground contact has shrunk a little bit, this caused the contact to pull away from the socket, causing the problem.
6) With a small flat head screwdriver, VERY GENTLY pry up the contact so it stays slightly upward by itself.
7) Re-insert the bulb assembly back into the housing and press your brake petal with your lights on.

I hope helps (remember to rate and comment this).

Posted on Oct 05, 2010


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