Ford Fiesta Brake light failure

2002 Ford Fiesta Problem

Ref#4578
CarFord Fiesta 1.3 finesse
Year2002
Ownersimon w
Posted02/04/2010
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All three brake lights have suddenly stopped working. I have no hand book, didn't get one with the car when bought. Checked fuses as per grid on back of glove conpartment and they are ok. Looked at pedal switch and this is , mechanically, ok.
Problem Category
Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

Steering, Suspension, Brakes, Wheels & Tyres


Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11829 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

Try bridging brake pedal switch and see if lights work .


Posted on Friday 2nd of April 2010
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simon w | Driver | Since: Dec 2009 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

Disassembled switch from mounting above the pedal. The switch is mechanically good, ie springs not jammed, contacts can be heard to connect. Bridged the contacts on the plug but nothing happened. I don't know if I am getting above myself here, but, I think the switch is break to make, ie constant power, there must be some other controling factor. The older cars, Ford and Vauxhal had adjustments on this switch, this one seems to be a fixed position and setting.


Posted on Friday 2nd of April 2010
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simon w | Driver | Since: Dec 2009 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

Disassembled switch from mounting above the pedal. The switch is mechanically good, ie springs not jammed, contacts can be heard to connect. Bridged the contacts on the plug but nothing happened. I don't know if I am getting above myself here, but, I think the switch is break to make, ie constant power, there must be some other controling factor. The older cars, Ford and Vauxhal had adjustments on this switch, this one seems to be a fixed position and setting


Posted on Friday 2nd of April 2010
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Solution 2
moley1956 | Driver | Since: Mar 2010 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 106 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

i know you have checked the fuse but sometimes the info on the fusebox lid is not always correct,i suggest check all fuses one by one sometimes on a blade fuse a break is difficult to see,if all ok check for a feed to the switch,if ok remove the connector at the switch then bride the connector check for feed on both sides of connector if ok poss fault in multi plug between switch & rear lamps, is it poss all 3 lights have blown the bulbs


Posted on Friday 2nd of April 2010
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Solution 3
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11829 | View Garage
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Take it you had ignition on when you bridged switch ?


Posted on Friday 2nd of April 2010
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Solution 4
thomkas_cars | Driver | Since: Nov 2007 | Posts: 2 | Fixes: 1053 | View Garage
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if you have a multi meter check for feed at the switch and go from there


Posted on Sunday 4th of April 2010
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