another brake lights stuck on thread - Page 2 - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Tech Discussions > General Technical Chat

General Technical Chat This section is for technical discussions relating to general maintenance, electrical issues, engine trouble, and recalls.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-18-2009, 06:40 PM   #11
TerryB
Focus Fanatic
 
TerryB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Fan#: 34559
Location: Riverside, RI
What I Drive: Red '01 ZX3

Posts: 2,917
FF Reputation: 68 TerryB Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
I narrowed it down to the hazard switch. Well I kind of did. When I applied heat to the switch I can get the lights to get stuck. I cool it down and the lights go out. Stiil don't know the cause as to why it gets warm by itself. As far as cause and effect, I found the effect but not the cause. Still don't know how the car RPM's off when this happens. I did not do a test drive. Just messed around in the driveway.
TerryB is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-14-2009, 06:24 AM   #12
SANDPATCH
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2009
Fan#: 65111
Location: detroit
What I Drive: 2002 focus wagon

Posts: 2
FF Reputation: 1 SANDPATCH Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Talking Found the broken wire in hatch, soldered and now working

Just like Daddy Wagon, I had the same problem brake lights not working. and after reading his post checked my hatch and found 2 broken wires and the insulation cracked on all the wires. I Resoldered and used shrink tubing to cover and retaped the cracked wires. NOT a easy fix as the wires are really jammed in , and the rubber cover will not fit over the wires after soldering the splices. thanks for saving me a trip to a repair shop.
dave j
SANDPATCH is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2013, 01:17 AM   #13
200two-zx3
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
200two-zx3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Fan#: 108491
Location: between the lakes, MI
What I Drive: 2002 blue zx3

Posts: 42
FF Reputation: 2 200two-zx3 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I have the same issue as the first post, only to add to the mix I noticed when you push the button on the shift lever and have someone watch the brake lights they stay on (while buttons pressed even when still in park when u let off the button in park the lights go off I know its not the brake switch (cause in park it all works flawlessly) so not the switch I checked my high mount light its melted and wires have broken insulation but no broken wires I fixed the insulation and kept the bulbs out of the high mount because them being stuck on is melting the housing... I'm at witsend here coujld it be the shift thing that the switch activates in the shift lever? Has anyone fixed the issue??? There is over 100 posts about this issue with no prevailing info on why or exactly how to fix it. what does the shift button have todo with the brake lights? Why are the lights only acting up after pressing the button? HELP US...lol. sorry for any missed letters on my words using my cell phone
__________________
Claim not, dynos prove all!
200two-zx3 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 12:31 AM   #14
hooligan998
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Fan#: 114354
Location: Chester, VA
What I Drive: 2003 Red ZX3

Posts: 7
FF Reputation: 1 hooligan998 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I'm having the same problem on my 2003 ZX3. I've repaired the wiring harness that runs into the rear hatch door, to no avail. I recently installed a LED high mount unit, but it works fine while the selector is in Park as many others. I did not notice if the problem manifests itself when the gear selector button is pushed. I will check that tomorrow.

Thanks in advance to those who spent time troubleshooting this problem and shared the info!
hooligan998 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #15
2002FocusNut
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Fan#: 117477
Location: Maineville, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Silver Focus ZX3

Posts: 11
FF Reputation: 1 2002FocusNut Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Okay, I have same issue on my new to me 2002 ZX3. Spent the better part of 7 hours checking the wiring from the bulbs to under the front seat. Here is what I can tell you....1) it's not the wires in the boot to the hatch 2) It's not low on brake fluid 3) it's not the switches on the brake. The "stop light relay" in the fuse box under the hood is being told to pull in by something. i.e. if I pull the relay out you can hear the solenoid drop and the lights go out.

One guy who has the problem said it's his hazard switch overheating so he drilled a hole in the vent to keep cool air on it. ... I think the switch is only a signal telling something else to do something. I'm sure it's not an actual mechanical switch/device so I don't think much current is going through it at all. I would guess I have a problem with my General Electronic Model (GEM) but I'm not sure this 2002 car has one. I can't find anyone to tell me if my car does have one.

ANY HELP would be appreciated. I can't be the only one in this situation.
2002FocusNut is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #16
2002FocusNut
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Fan#: 117477
Location: Maineville, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Silver Focus ZX3

Posts: 11
FF Reputation: 1 2002FocusNut Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
UN-FREAKIN believable ... One guy on here said he put new bulbs in his high (third) light and now his break lights work. I thought he probably had a short...I decided to go buy some and replace them all since they too were all burned out.

POW - BANG - Now my side brake lights work. I'm guessing it's a design to tell you all 5 bulbs in your third light is burned out or some really pathetic electrical engineer had a major design flaw in the system. Hey, I'm an Electrical Engineer so I can say that. :)

Last edited by 2002FocusNut; 08-04-2013 at 04:38 PM.
2002FocusNut is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #17
hooligan998
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Fan#: 114354
Location: Chester, VA
What I Drive: 2003 Red ZX3

Posts: 7
FF Reputation: 1 hooligan998 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Well that makes me wonder if the aftermarket LED unit I installed is the culprit. I bought a resistor to si
mulate the load of incandescent bulbs. I guess I will install it and see what happens.
hooligan998 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2013, 04:37 PM   #18
2002FocusNut
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Fan#: 117477
Location: Maineville, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Silver Focus ZX3

Posts: 11
FF Reputation: 1 2002FocusNut Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Good idea

Quote:
Originally Posted by hooligan998 View Post
Well that makes me wonder if the aftermarket LED unit I installed is the culprit. I bought a resistor to si
mulate the load of incandescent bulbs. I guess I will install it and see what happens.
I was thinking the same thing because I really like the LED units. Let us know how it works and what size resistor you are using.

Thanks
2002FocusNut is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2013, 02:47 PM   #19
hooligan998
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Fan#: 114354
Location: Chester, VA
What I Drive: 2003 Red ZX3

Posts: 7
FF Reputation: 1 hooligan998 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
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.
hooligan998 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2013, 10:05 AM   #20
2002FocusNut
Focus Rookie
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Fan#: 117477
Location: Maineville, OH
What I Drive: 2002 Silver Focus ZX3

Posts: 11
FF Reputation: 1 2002FocusNut Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Thanks Hooligan for the information. The internet is good fro something other than bad jokes. :)
2002FocusNut is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exterior brake lights stay on (right, center, and left) red2003 General Technical Chat 25 12-18-2013 09:20 PM
The "Official" Aftermarket Brake Thread SkaAddict Brakes, Suspension & Body Chassis 14 09-10-2009 01:58 AM
SVT Brake & Traction Lights ON ? Kalos General Technical Chat 2 12-24-2007 08:35 PM
Brake Lights Wont Work CantFocus MK1 Focus 2 03-25-2007 02:55 PM
clear 3rd brake lights! scrammer MK1 Focus 14 11-28-2005 02:37 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:22 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.