|Yesterday 10:20 PM|
|Ptreezx3||Ok I have identical symptoms so I will be checking that tomorrow for sure thanks to you all. I always come here first when I have any issues.|
|10-24-2013 03:32 PM|
|numzi||you just helped me a lot .I had the same brake light problem and with your help I just fixed it. THANK YOU|
|09-23-2013 07:11 PM|
|owlcore||Had a look at the body to hatch wiring, and sure enough several cracked wires with exposed copper! Patched it up and replaced the bulbs in the 3rd brake light and everything is working again! The bulb holder and reflector for the 3rd brake light were a little deformed from the heat, but it went back together and you can't tell once it's installed in the car.|
|09-23-2013 12:14 AM|
|owlcore||I googled my problem with my 02 ZX5 and this thread was one of the first hits! This perfectly describes my symptoms, even the cruise control! So glad I found this before I shelled out cash on a brake light switch! I'll tear into the car tomorrow when it's light out and hopefully fix it.|
|08-06-2013 03:48 PM|
SUCCESS!!! Turns out the aftermarket LED highmount unit I installed was the culprit. There was not enough resistance in the LED unit therefore whichever module monitors this circuit thought all the bulbs were blown. I installed a 6 ohm 50 watt load resistor to simulate a proper load across the LED unit. It is wired in parallel. You can do a search and find out how to do it. I ordered the resistor from HERE. But you can probably find them cheaper elsewhere because that site will charge crazy shipping. I only ordered it from them because I also ordered an HID kit for my motorcycle.
I am so relieved to have finally figured this out. But I'm banging my head on the wall because I should have known this from the start.
|05-07-2013 06:06 PM|
|05-06-2013 01:14 PM|
dardack - good to hear you got yours fixed! I'm sure the wiring job was LOADS of fun.
hooligan998 - I've seen prev. notes that at least SOME LED replacements act like the blown bulb scenario mentioned in this thread, no appreciable "draw" from the LED's so it acts like the bulbs aren't there at all. Might be worth plugging in the old light to see what happens, the only LED's that seem to work for that application have a resistor in them to "mimic" a regular set of lights.
|05-06-2013 11:58 AM|
I just bought a used 03 focus wagon to replace a caravan. Was a 2.5hr drive to go test drive/pick up. Internet pictures can only tell you so much.
On way back stopped for gas, wife was like your brake lights stopped working. So stopped at auto zone down street, saw fuse blown, bought a 15, push brake, blown again. Threw a 30 in there, bam push brake, back wiper goes. So I knew it was a crossed wire. Just needed 30 in there to get home without a ticket out of state or something.
Get home, sure enough, think 9 wires in there, 2 big ones I assume are ground. All are either broken or stripped to the wire. The brake/wiper lines were melted together.
I cut it at the top where it comes out near light and on hatch before it goes up.
Soldered new wires that have more insulation, wrapped each solder point in electrical tape. and also gave it more slack to hopefully stop the cracking. Also, I didn't have 2 same gauge wires, so used 2 medium. So 11 wires go up and little bit more slack now.
It took maybe 30-45 mintues to solder/tape/put everything back together.
BTW TY to user for pictures on how to get the plastic thing out. i could only get the rubber back on like 50%, was thinking today of breaking it out and buying a new one. I could not get that plastic piece otu without thinking I was going to break it.
|05-06-2013 02:16 AM|
I posted this up in the other brake light thread, but I'm having the same problem on my 03 ZX3. Brake lights work fine in Park, but if the selector is moved to any other position, the right and left brake lights stay on. I fixed the wiring harness, but that did not solve the problem. Still looking for answers.
I should note that I installed a LED 3rd brake light unit recently.
|03-06-2013 04:04 PM|
|200two-zx3||This site def saves time money and scratched out eyes lol well maybe not the eyes but yea u get the idea also why doesn't ford recall this issue???|
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