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Brake light don't light unless steering wheel is all the way up

When I move the steering wheel to any position but all the way up, the rear brake lights will not light up. The center/3rd light still does but the two main ones cut out. I've wiggled wires and looked inside to see what might be affecting the wires, but there does not appear to be anything in the steering column that relates to brake lights!!! WTF

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  • Kathy Smith Jun 18, 2008

    drivers side brake light sometimes will work, we haven't found anything consistent. It just works then doesn't. Right brake light works all the time. Reverse light on both sides work all the time. Blinker works on right but drivers side flashes very fast. We replaced bulb, socket and section that clips on to socket. When we first replaced socket everything worked for two testings now we are back to square one.

  • britz101 Jun 26, 2008

    need wiring diagram for signal light switch

    all wires were loose and came out when switch was removed

  • bass_1057 Jul 14, 2008

    I had the same problem today and tkk mine to a shop today. They could not find the problem.



    So, I Googled 2001 explorer brake light issue and this site came up.

    I moved my tilt all the way up and the brake lights started working.

    I now have a starting point.



    This site was very helpful



    Thank you

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We found that there are two wires at the top of the steering column. The steering column cover needs to be taken off to see the two wires, and the wires ARE different colors than in the back break light. Both looked as if they were plugged in. The wire on the left was loose. It didn't seem like it was fully plugged in. So by pulling on it gently, we realized that we were able to get more wire and it was able to plug in tightly, like the wire on the right. Our problem was the tilting also. All after replacing bulb, socket the bulb goes in, the clip connected to the socket and re-splicing the wires. It is worth checking these wires BEFORE going to a shop and paying out tons of money!!! Especially when a bulb doesn't solve the problem.

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You have a short in your steering column. take it to a shop and they can test which wire it is and re-sauder it. or just drive without the tilt wheel nerds.

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Check the turn signal switch. The brake lights run power through the turn signal switch. If the switch is bad or the connections are bad it will cause your problem.

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