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Old 03-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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Tail lights not working

Hi Guys,
Hoping you can give me some pointers on what it might be that is wrong with my 04 SVT. I took it in yesterday to get new sway bar link ends, a brake fluid flush and a new thermostat. The catch is now my break lights aren't working...... All of my other lights work. But I noticed the day prior that my break light was flashing like it had a short in the light. But the break lights have been working up till yesterday. Any pointers would be great.

Thanks so much.


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Old 03-08-2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Moved to "General Technical Chat". Was it a fast flashing? A fast flash would indicate that one of the bulbs was blown. Check the bulbs first. If that isn't it, you will have to check the connections. Easiest way to test if there is a short is to use a multi-meter and test each connection. Then work your way from there.
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Thanks bro, didn't know where to put this. I appreciate the assist.
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Another possibility:

Peek under the dash to look at the switches controlled by the brake pedal. They twist-lock in position & can be jarred loose accidentally.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:44 PM   #5
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SVT has a hatch, am i correct?

Then your hatch wiring is suspect

See the link VERY common problem

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...09&postcount=5
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I agree with mikeeshaq check the wires under the hatch. Mine had that same problem.
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Mine too had that problem. It was worse for me because the brake lights are on the same fuse as the shift interlock because mine is an automatic.
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Ok, so I did that and there was one that was totally Unplugged so I reconnected and still no brake lights. Total bummer man. Any other suggestions? I checked the fuses and they appear to be fine as well.
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Also I just saw the hatch post. I will check there tonight.
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If it is the hatch cables how does one fix that?
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