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Ford focus Brake Light Problem, The 2 side brake lights do not work and i have changed the bulbs, the one above the rear window works, A garage has advised me could be the brake light switch, Would this not also affect the top brake light it is was the brake light switch

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I think it would. Look in the fuse box under the hood fora relay that controls the brake lights. When you find it, swap it with another relay of the same type and see if the brake lights work. If they do replace the bad relay. Also look for a blown fuse under the hood and also inside the car.

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It does sound like brake light switch, some have separate circuits for 3rd brake light. One question for ya... do you have trailer hitch/wiring on the car. Sometimes trailer wiring will short out and give same symptoms.

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