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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:36 am 
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Hey lads, ive got a problem. Ok when the brakes are on the brake lights wont light up, with all the lights turned on the parklights work but the brakes still wont light up, I think its the stop light switch as this has gone in it before, where is the stop light switch and is it hard to replace?

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:16 am 
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they cost about 10 bux from repco, and take about 3 minutes to install...

Get under the dash and observe how its put in, and or get used to taking photos before removal!

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:49 am 
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Where under the dash is it??

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:54 am 
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the switch is right at the end on the break pedal

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:09 am 
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Thanks mate just went out and found it then, gave it a riggle and now they work again, I only got the switch replaced like a year ago, it shouldnt be s**t up yet.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:14 am 
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Yes they do fail and fail regularly, some last a few months others seem to last for years.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:30 am 
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How does the switch work? Looking at it, its just a small box attached to the brake pedal with the 2 wires coming out of it going back to the tail lights, does it have a sensor in it to detect when ever pressure is applyed to the pedal or somthing does it?

 

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the switch is in between the padal and , i think its the booster rod , there is a plate and a spring in between that, when you press your brake pedal, the plate pushes the spring on the switch, and sets off the brakes, so what happens in time , that plate bends and becomes loose, thats why the break fails, with the cheaper switches the plate is not as thick,, thats why they don't last as long,, well thats my opinion anyway

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:29 pm 
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the switch is in between the padal and , i think its the booster rod , there is a plate and a spring in between that, when you press your brake pedal, the plate pushes the spring on the switch, and sets off the brakes, so what happens in time , that plate bends and becomes loose, thats why the break fails, with the cheaper switches the plate is not as thick,, thats why they don't last as long,, well thats my opinion anyway
Yeah I picked up a new one today just to be safe, they said the official ford ones are the only type that lasts, all the aftermarket ones s**t up fast.

 

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Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:38 pm 
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count yourself lucky, my brake light problem was a melted crusie control loom!

 

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Molloy wrote:
memnoch wrote:
the switch is in between the padal and , i think its the booster rod , there is a plate and a spring in between that, when you press your brake pedal, the plate pushes the spring on the switch, and sets off the brakes, so what happens in time , that plate bends and becomes loose, thats why the break fails, with the cheaper switches the plate is not as thick,, thats why they don't last as long,, well thats my opinion anyway
Yeah I picked up a new one today just to be safe, they said the official ford ones are the only type that lasts, all the aftermarket ones s**t up fast.


the ford ones last a few years whereas the aftermarket ones last 12 months. the early(XT - ish) falcons used the same switch and had the same problems. why ford went back to that setup is anyone's guess

 

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