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Old 08-04-2011, 10:58 AM   #11
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I had a similar problem. Changed the brake switch under the brake pedal and nothing. I fixed the problem by replacing all the bulbs on my third brake light. Its weird but it worked lol
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Old 08-25-2011, 06:23 PM   #12
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I got lucky with mine

I had the same problem. My brake lights stayed on when my car was out of park. My cruise control would not work either. All of my high mount brake light bulbs were burnt out. When I replaced the bulbs, the problem was solved. Call it luck, or whatever, but that was the problem. Because the brake lights were on, it was telling the cruise control that the brakes were engaged, therefore not allowing the cruise control to come on. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:20 PM   #13
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I just had this same problem as well. Brake lights on all the time when in anything other than Park, third brake light not working. Not sure about Cruise Control, but guessing it didn't work either. I checked the umbilical harness as described above, but everything seemed to be intact. So I simply replaced the bulbs in the third brake light as the last poster suggested and everything returned to working order. Seems absurd, but there you have it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:15 PM   #14
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To 2002focusSEwagon, Brake lights wiring problem.
Thank you for taking your time to post the photos of the focus wagon, i really appreciate it. i would have never isolated this.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:17 PM   #15
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To 2002focusSEwagon, Thank you for taking your time to post the photos of the focus wagon, i really appreciate it. i would have never isolated this.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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