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Ford Focus ZX5 - Rear brake lights stay on when car is running and in gear

My ZX5 has developed a problem with the rear lights. I discovered that all my center bulbs were burned out and the housing is somewhat melted as if the lights were on for a very long time. Replacing them has no effect as it seems there is no power leading up to the unit at all.

That's when I discovered the bigger problem: When the engine is running/On and car is in PARK, nothing seems amiss. The brake lights (the ones not burned out) function normally. Step on the brake pedal and the lights come on. However, when the car is in Drive, Reverse, Neutral, or anything other than PARK, the brake lights are continually on without stepping on the pedal. Only use of the turn signal interrupts them. Any ideas? Thanks - TomR

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    Tom Rawcliffe Aug 08, 2008

    Also, I forgot to mention that the cruise control recently stopped working. Could this be the stoplight switch or relay??



    thanks - TomR

  • brianeng Sep 24, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 Zetec...Exactly as you've described. Anyone has the solution?

  • Rob Prelak Nov 03, 2008

    Same prob has just happened to me, cruise stopped working and the brake lights stay on when in gear.

  • sirodesto Nov 24, 2008

    2003 Ford Focus wagon ZTW, brake lights work fine in park, but R, D, N, 1, 2, 3 gear cause brake light to stay on all the time.  Also the cruise control is not working.


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You are the MAN, Just like you said TRocky, there was a short in the center brake light wiring. Found the short in the rubber boot that connects from the lift gate to the car. Inside that rubber boot the wires were cracked and some were shorting.Repaired the wiring and everything is back to normal.

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