I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZTS. The third break light is working fine
but the other two are not. I have checked the fuses, everything seems
fine. I assume the brake switch is working fine because of the 3rd
brake light working correctly. Tail lights light up with the
headlights on and turn signal and hazards works. I noticed hazards use
a different bulb, though. I had changed one of the break light bulbs a
Any suggestions on what else to check?
1) Yes, make sure the stop light bulbs are good. Someone complained
about the exact same problem a while back. It turned out that both
bulbs were bad!
2) There have been a few reports of the wiring harness becoming
damaged where it enters the hatch.
3) The center stop light goes directly to the stop light switch. The
two side stop lights are routed through the "Lighting Control Module"
(LCM). If (1) and (2) check OK, I would suspect the LCM.
Thanks for the reply. I found the message you were referring to
yesterday and although I looked at the light bulbs and they looked
fine, I had an extra new bulb in the trunk and tried it. It worked! Go
figure. What are the odds that both bulbs go out at the same time!??
I then purchased another bulb for the other side and it is now working
correctly. We've had a lot of rain recently and maybe this was a
On Wed, 11 Jul 2007 23:17:25 -0500, Peter Piper
I check them often. I don't want to get a ticket. Reflections off of
office building windows work best. Not to mention I changed one bulb a
year ago, which also makes the timing odd since one bulb is about 3
years newer than the other.
Anyways, that doesn't really matter.
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