How To Install Replace Brake Light Switch Ford Lincoln Mercury 98-06 1AAuto.com




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Mike Rod: I have an 07 expedtion and gear gets stock on P i have to press the brake several times for it to go into gear, I also noticed the brakelights sometimes dont work. Do you know if this could be a faulty brake switch?

jay james: I have 2002 ford explorer xlt and the part that is at the part store has to be wired in . But my problem is the brake lights don't like to shut off like they should . You have to press on the pedal a couple times . 

James Patty: I have a 2002 Lincoln Continental. The right rear brake light doesn't work but lights when headlights or running lights are turned on. The RR blinker also doesn't work and I blow the #11 10A Lighting control Module fuse instantly when I press the brake pedal or turn the blinker on. Left lights all work fine front and rear and right front blinker and light works fine. Any ideas?

locoadams: before buying the switch, verify the switch moving it forward and back, apparently, the switch eventually suffer a little wear and pressing the brake pedal does not move the switch and not doing their job. I say that after watching the video, check my explorer and moving the switch worked, what I did was fix with a cable and the problem was solved, and I have my brake lights working.

Jose Garcia: I have a 2001 Mustang Convertible and I just got a new top and switch fot the convertible and it work good, but it only work when the brake light on the emergency brake is on, is it the switch or what would it be? The emergency brake light doesnt light all the time I have to play with the brake until the light goes on on the dash.

1A Auto Parts: The 2004 will be in a different position because this is for the 2nd generation vehicles where yours is a 3rd generation.

1A Auto Parts: @7233910 The dimmer switch should be located around the same area.

CJ Grace: It was a complete mystery!!! I turned the key to on, pressed on the emergency brake, then lo and behold, the third brake light came on, but not the tail lights in the trunk lid!! So today, I decided to start from the beginning. I rechecked all the fuses, then went back to recheck the wires....that's when I discovered it....TWO broken wires!!! Now all I need is the tools to fix them! Thank you so much for your help!!!

Dave Bromley: I have a 2003 sports trac the rear dirver side brake light and turn sig not working check bulbs & fuses . same for my trailer light . need help please

marquitosboy: Thanks a lot , it's clear and easy to follow.I changed my switch by myself.

1A Auto Parts: If everything works except for the brake lights, you may want to check the brake light switch to see if it's working. Also check for any broken or frayed wires that may come off of it.

wahoomack2012: I had taken my 99 Explorer to the dealer for an oil change and they did their "complete inspection". When they told me that my brake lights were bad, they said it would be $200 to go in and check the electrical, but I decided that I'd do the research first. Came across your video and realized this was exactly my issue. Changed the brake switch myself and saved $180! Thanks for the video!

3785322: MY 1998 EXPEDITION WONT GO INTO GEAR ,COULD THAT ALSO BE THE BREAKLIGHT SWITCH? PLEASE HELP!!

1A Auto Parts: I'm not exactly sure. It may be.

1A Auto Parts: We'll keep this request in mind while making any future repairs on this vehicle.

1A Auto Parts: Make sure that there's power to the switch, if there isn't check the fuse.

1A Auto Parts: @mrmonkey137 You may have a bad ground. You may want to check the headlights and the parking lights to see if there's a broken or a pinched wire. Hope this helps you out.

TheShadedShadow: This helped me %100. I have a 96 Lincoln Towncar and all of a sudden when I went to go drive it one morning, it would not shift out from park and I had no break lights. I bought the break light switch for about $10 and it took me less then 10 min to install, it all works now. THANKS!!!!!

1A Auto Parts: Depending on how much room you have, it may be a little tricky.

C.J. C: Great instructions. I replaced the brake light switch on my daughters 1998 mustang GT, but brakes still don't work. It looks like the real problem is the wire harness connector that plugs into the brake light switch. It looks corroded w/ loose wires Is that part difficult to replace?

Tom Metzger: Thanks! You probably saved me $100 from having to bring it into a mechanic. Now, how do I get this crick out of my neck from having to work under the dash? LOL

1A Auto Parts: You may want to see if there are any stored codes in the computer. If there are, it should point you in a direction as to what is triggering the light. Hope this helps you out. Have a great day! 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

1A Auto Parts: @dgrace1983 You may want to test the brake light switch to see if it's ok. If it is ok, also check for a broken or frayed wire coming off of the brake light switch.

Bruce Reiss: I thank you my wife took it to auto zone they said the lights were allright I replaced them and they both work so much for auto zone.

Alex Garcia: Oh I'm sorry, the socket has different color wires, its getting current from all of them except for the black wire which I'm assuming is the ground. Sorry for the confusion. Idk what it could be

TheMainMan318: im wondering how to get under there. i dont have a suv, i have a 86 300z that sits alot lower to the ground than this explorer. so i guess i might have to lift up some, which doesnt seem too safe... but oh well

mindanelson: Thank you so much for this video - I was able to fix my brake light switch in my expatiation myself and save $100 in labor from the mechanic. I also have to say that I feel empowered that I was able to fix something on my truck. Thanks again for the video. Minda

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Alex Garcia: Oh and I also checked the socket and there's current going through it except for one part of the pin which is the black

Roger Sherwood: absolutely true. I'm experiencing this now. But you CAN shift out of park if you turn the key one notch to unlock the steering wheel and you can then shift out of park to neutral to start the car.

CJ Grace: Well I replaced the brake light switch....problem still not solved. So, my best guess, I need to replace the wire! What do you think? I'm at my wits end here.

Mark Whelan: Thanks for the video...turns out my son had kicked the switch loose...all I had to do was re-seat everything,,,

TopLeaf: My brake light only works 50% of the time, what do I do?

1A Auto Parts: It sounds like something could be crossed in the wiring, or check to see if one of the wires coming off of the brake light switch is frayed and is hitting a piece of metal. Hope this helps you out. 1aauto.com 888-844-3393

7233910: Okay. Where could I find the dimmer switch?

1A Auto Parts: At this point I would probably have the truck towed to a mechanic to see if there is possibly a underlying issue with the vehicle.

1A Auto Parts: The issue might be is the wire grounded itself to the body at some point and destroyed the circuit. You might want to bring it to a mechanic and get the problem looked at closer.

wolfman21: BIG, BIG Help this video was, thank you!

1A Auto Parts: @krispyfan I would test the switch and if it's good, check for a possible broken or frayed wire somewhere that may be causing the issue.

branmauricio: cool!!!! really i love my explorer you nailed the problem. thanks.

1A Auto Parts: @7233910 It could be the dimmer switch that controls the dash lighting.

Iokua Joshua: just saying, i love you guys at aauoto, you have helped me so much with working on our families mercury sables, the videos are much appreciated :)

t3xenfury: i have a 2003 eclipse gs 4cylinder auto and i recently replaced a side marker bulb and now my cruise control does not work and the third stop light the one in the middle doe not not turn off... i looked around the internet for an explanation and most people said its either a vacuum leak or i have to use the same bulb from the manufacturer coz it messed ul the the circuit... i dont know much about cars so i would like to know what u guys suggest. thanks

Daniel Grace: Brake lights not working and car not shifting out of park can be a related problem. The brake light switch lets your car know you have your foot on the brake so you can take it out of park.

1A Auto Parts: @3785322 Your brake light switch would only affect the brake lights not working.

rubenlincoln: i have a 2000 lincoln navigator and all three lights are off the bulbs are ok would this be pretty much the same thing to replace the brake light switch?

1A Auto Parts: We currently do not have a brake light switch that fits the 2003 Ford Explorer.

CALICOTV301: You're a genius! I did the same with my Cadillac Escalade. Someone recently told me my brakes were out. I checked fuses and all, nothing! I fiddle with that switch and it's working now. However, I wonder what I did to make it work and how long it will work. Hmmmm... Can that mean a bad switch? Short? It's harder to get to on the Escalade so all I could do was move it, but it was tough to reach.

jozap566: I'd like to see you replace a ford explorer lower intermediate steering shaft, you could do the upper while your at it. Thank You

1A Auto Parts: @fervalle435 It should be fairly similar.
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