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Brake lights not functioning, will not go into gear, when pedal switch is depressed fuse pops.

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Sounds like you have an electrical short somewhere. Finding this can be a very lengthy procedure but I would look over all electrical connections and wiring in the engine area. Also be sure to check that ground wires are not disconnected anywhere. Has your alternator been worked on recently? I have heard many complaints of people having their alternator replaced and came to find out that the not everything was hooked back up.

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