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BillyKeith 01-03-2013 01:23 AM

Brake light out, will not start
 
I just read a person's complaint(on Complaints.com) regarding a 2010 Focus that claims because of a rear brake bulb failure, his car would not start. The guy claims that Ford has the 2010 Focus wired as such because of safety issues. I find this hard to believe and have not seen anything pertaining to this on the FF site. Anyone else heard of this?

elsolo 01-03-2013 02:21 AM

Pretty sure that 2010 focus owner is confused, not mechanically or electrically inclined, and generally bad at attribution theory.

lddavis 01-03-2013 02:33 AM

Easy to test. Take out a rear brake light bulb; then see if the car starts.

BillyKeith 01-03-2013 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by elsolo (Post 4522861)
Pretty sure that 2010 focus owner is confused, not mechanically or electrically inclined, and generally bad at attribution theory.

Ha! That is what I thought as well. It was so "out there" I had to get it on FF. However, I must admit the older I get nothing surprises me any more! [hihi]

BillyKeith 01-03-2013 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by lddavis (Post 4522868)
Easy to test. Take out a rear brake light bulb; then see if the car starts.

You know, I thought about doin' just what you posted. Then I thought, how damn stupid this was. I didn't want Bill Engvall showing up telling me "here's your sign!" [histerical]

katiekay 01-03-2013 12:46 PM

It could have been that the original OP may have worded his complaint wrong. If is an ATX, it will not go out of park if the brake lights are out.

elsolo 01-04-2013 12:24 AM

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Originally Posted by pyroinsa (Post 4523383)
It could have been that the original OP may have worded his complaint wrong. If is an ATX, it will not go out of park if the brake lights are out.

You sure about that?

The transmission doesn't know what is happening with the lightbulbs.

If the brake stop lamp switch is bad, you can't shift out of park. (unless you manually depress the plunger on the shifter for a manual over ride)

mikebontoft 01-04-2013 01:02 AM

and if the brake lights don't work and it won't shift out of park... better check that switch!

StingRay 01-04-2013 01:07 AM

I had an 09 that had a burned out tail lamp bulb once. Everything worked perfectly.

mikebontoft 01-04-2013 01:15 AM

So... it didn't result in a black hole then? That's comforting.


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