Question about 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX
I have a 1997 Ford Thunderbird. I recently was told by a driver behind me my taillights are on but no brake lights when stepped on. I figured ok easy fix swap bulbs. I did both brake bulbs no change. I swapped the brake light switch under the dash and nothing still have running lights but no brake lights when stepped on pedal. I checked wires and then sockets all good connections tight. I did notice that my hazards are not working. I know that before the hazards only flashed on the right side not the left. I know I have to push the hazard button down/in to be able to have my turn signals work as if I leave it up/out no turn signals. I can not remember if pushed down and in is hazards on or off but either way no flashing hazards but pushed down my turn signals will work but not hazards. The key also has to be forward in accessory or engine running to get turn signals to work, I have not changed the flasher bulb is this the same as hazard bulb? Any ideas.
Brake bulbs and tail light bulbs are to different bulbs. tail light bulbs are rated at 5 watts while stop lights are rated at 21 watt. So what you have done would not have indicated where the faults was. Firstly check for a stop circuit fuse. Next by using a test light check the power at the brake switch firstly on side and then the other making sure the ignition is in the on position. If you have power at both terminals then check for a rustey / corroded connector in the wiring possible in the floor pan under the mat. a lot of harnesses were placed under the trim under the door over the sil and were prone to penetration by the screws that held it in place. Check for a good earth for the stop light bulbs as any rust will not allow them to work. As for the turn light problem it might be that if you have a return earth problem then operating lights will earth out through other lights and stop them from working
Posted on Feb 03, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Can you just check to make sure the ignition key switch is not staying over to far and not backing off when you try to start it. I had a truck that did that and it messed up my turn signals until I brought the key switch back a little after starting it. Just a simple idea. Be kind with your rating for me. Raz
Posted on Apr 19, 2010
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