Driving at night with either brake lights or tail lights not working is dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. It takes a long time to notice when the brake lights not working but tail lights are or vice versa. Both brake and tail lights are crucial for road safety. It can cause severe accidents, especially on dark streets or during heavy rain and snow.
The cops will also flag you if they see you are during without functioning lights. The possible reasons for brake lights not working but tail lights are :. Blown out light bulbs are the most common reason for why the brake lights not working but the tail lights are. Remove the screws from the bulb lens which you can access through the trunk or see your vehicle repair manual to get the exact location. Push the bulbs and turn them counterclockwise to remove from the socket.
You need to replace bulbs if they have got darkened or the filaments are blown. Choose the new bulbs of the same type and wattage. In most European cars, the same bulb does the job of the tail and brake lighting.
However, it has double filaments, allowing one set still working while the other set is burnt. You have to find the fuse box or the power distribution center PDC. You will get the fuse panel under the dashboard and the PDC under the hood.
The brake light switch is also to be found under the dashboard and check if its plunger touches the brake pedal arm. Any problem with the fuse box and light switch will affect the brake lights. In case if the fuse is blown, change it with a new one.
Remember that the new one has to have the same amperage of the old unit. Besides, try to find out the cause of the blown fuse. Otherwise, it will be a recurring problem.
If the brake light switch is functional, you have to check for a bad electrical ground some car models have the switch provided ground. It could happen due to a loose connection of the wire or the corrosion or damage of the wire ends. Connect the light switch to a good ground with a jumper wire and press the brake pedal. If the brake light turns on, you have to fix the ground connection.Ad vertisements. In this article, we consider the third-generation Ford Escape, produced from to Here you will find fuse box diagrams of Ford Escape,andget information about the location of the fuse panels inside the car, and learn about the assignment of each fuse fuse layout and relay.
The fuse panel is on the right side below the glove box remove the glove-box bottom. The power distribution box is located in the engine compartment left-side. The fuse panel is in the luggage compartment behind the passenger side wheel well. How to check the fuses? How to replace a blown fuse? Why do car fuses blow? Types of automotive fuses.
Interior light. Driver door switch pack. Glove box light. Overhead console switch bank. Heating control head manual air conditioner. Dual electronic automatic temperature control. Navigation DVD player. Touch screen. Hazard light switch. Door lock switch. Air bag module.
Occupant classification system. Passenger air bag deactivation indicator. Interior motion sensor supply. Radio frequency receiver supply. Vehicle power - fuel injector 2.I got pulled over the other evening because my tail lights were out, although my headlights were on. I'm sure it's a simple fuse issue, so I don't want to bother going to the dealer. I've misplaced my owner's manual, which I'm sure has a diagram. So, can anyone provide me with a fuse map or tell me specifically which fuse I need to check?
Shoz answered 6 years ago. What is really maddening is the owners guide has a chart of the fuse panel with number and corresponding use of fuse. There is a fuse for everything ,BUT a tail light. Now earlier in the users guide, there is an a graph for tail light bulbsbut nothing on the fuse. I just had the same with my nothing in the book, pulled all the fuses found 1 bad 22 park lamp that was the one.
Guru6QK answered 3 years ago. GuruC5KZP answered about a year ago. I had the same problem. Replaced it with a new fuse; blew again - immediately.
How to Troubleshoot Brake Light Problems on a Ford Explorer
I've misplaced my The trailer fuse in the panelbox blown. I put new fuse in and now the fuse won't work pulse my tail lights and front marker light won't work. All the turn, stop, 4 ways work. But taillights and fron Check engine service emissions and 4wheel drive lights all come on intermittently when 4wheel light comes on car has no power and bucks like a horse Mechanic said its not trans but can not figure out The 12V power outlet below the cigarette lighter in my Ford Escape is no longer working.
I looked at the fuse map in the manual, and I cannot find where the fuse is for it.
Ford Escape (2013-2019) fuses and relays
Any help is much app I have a different car.Lake Chevy helped make these videos. We are still working to obtain content for your car, however the video above is believed to have similar characteristics as your car. The video above shows how to replace blown fuses in the interior fuse box of your Ford Escape in addition to the fuse panel diagram location.
Electrical components such as your map light, radio, heated seats, high beams, power windows all have fuses and if they suddenly stop working, chances are you have a fuse that has blown out.
If your Escape is experiencing electrical problems, you should always check the fuses first, because they are relatively easy to check and cheap to change. Some Fords have multiple interior fuse boxes including in the trunk - the video above will show you where the interior fuse box of your Escape is located. If your Escape has many options like a sunroof, navigation, heated seats, etc, the more fuses it has. Some components may have multiple fuses, so make sure you check all of the fuses that are linked to the component in question.
If you need to replace a blown fuse in your Escape, make sure you replace it with one that has the same amperage as the blown fuse. If checking and replacing the fuse for the component in question doesn't work, we recommend seeking assistance from a trusted professional mechanic.
They should be able to figure out if the component needs to be replaced or if there is a short or some other problem with your Escape.
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Small bulbs that burn out regularly - did you know you can replace these with LED lights? Getting Started Prepare for the repair. Remove Cover Locate interior fuse box and remove cover. Locate Bad Fuse Find the fuse that is tied to the bad component. Remove Fuse Take out the fuse in question and assess if blown. Test Component Secure the cover and test component. More Info. Additional information on interior fuses. Video Description. Other videos you might find helpful. Determine if your air filter is dirty Learn where your air filter is located and how to determine if it needs to be changed.
Secure precious cargo You love your kids right? Coolant flush Flushing the coolant in your car is not that hard and will extend the life of your engine tremendously - learn how here! Change the parking light Small bulbs that burn out regularly - did you know you can replace these with LED lights? Change center stop light Don't be the guy with your third brake light burnt out Ford Escape S 2.Could it be the brake light switch?
My break lights do not come on. To test I pride up the little tab top right of shifter and placed a screw driver in the hole pushing down gently and was able to shift. Great, so are you confirming that if I replace the brake light switch it will fix this problem? Ruth answered 6 years ago.
JJanie answered 5 years ago. Mine is starting to do this. Torchia answered 5 years ago. I have a Escape with a similar problem. I alreadyt checked the fuses and they are ok. Is there a video somewhere where I can see the "plug and play" replacement of the shift interlock solenoid?
I just realized the interlock solenoid and the brake light switch are different. After closer inspection, the plug and play seems really simple! NyTrailblazer answered 4 years ago. This problem just happen to me today.
Blown Fuse Check 2013-2019 Ford Escape
Take the cover off the fuse box. On the back of the cover, look for the location of the brake light fuse. I was stuck in a gas station and had no extra fuses, so I just switched it with the horn fuse and was back on the road again :.
Steve answered 4 years ago. No fuses blown, backing lights work, replaced the brake light switch and still can't get it out of park. Now what? NevadaGordy answered 4 years ago. My Escape has that problem and after starting, when the solenoid isn't working, I can hear another relay down under the dash on the drivers side click then the solenoid works.
Not sure what the relay is, its a unit that is approx. But starting yesterday, the transmission wont go into park. If you push the accelerator, the engine sounds labored and wont go over 2K and there is no reverse all of a sudden Guru9M7NS answered 3 years ago.
Kevin answered 2 years ago. I recently had my starter fixed at Ford it was very loose and didn't connect so the vehicle was very hard to start. Now I can't seem to get the gear out of park without great difficulty. Any tho My Ford F won't shift out of park. I just lowered the steering column to work on the ignition switch.
I put the steering column back in place. Now the shifter won't shift out of Park. My aunt's Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer will not shift out of park. In order to shift out of park, you have to reach under the steering column and depress the override switch, and that's the only wayIt was introduced as a replacement for the Ford Bronco II.
The Ford Explorer brake lights provide an essential contribution to the safety of the vehicle. If they burn out, they should be replaced immediately. Troubleshooting the brake lights is a simple procedure that only requires a few tools. Use the screwdriver to unfasten the two screws behind the taillight assembly.
Remove the assembly from the vehicle. Check the electrical connection. Plug it in firmly. If the lights are still not working, there may be a problem with the bulb. Pull the bulb straight out. Use a paper towel to firmly push in the replacement bulb. Reinstall the two screws, and close the rear door. If the lights still do not work, there may be an issue with the brake light fuses.
Remove the fuse block cover, and locate the fuses numbered "3" and "7. This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.
To submit your questions or ideas, or to simply learn more about It Still Works, contact us. Step 1 Turn off the engine of the Explorer. Open the rear door. Step 2 Use the screwdriver to unfasten the two screws behind the taillight assembly. Step 1 Remove the socket from the taillight assembly. Step 2 Pull the bulb straight out.
Step 3 Place the taillight assembly back into the vehicle. Fuse Replacement Step 1 Open the driver's side door of the Explorer. Step 2 Open the fuse block, located on the left side of the instrument panel.
Step 3 Remove the fuse block cover, and locate the fuses numbered "3" and "7. Step 4 Replace the fuses with a fuse of identical amperage. Close the fuse block, and close the driver's side door. Tips If the issue still persists, contact a certified technician. If the metal inside of a fuse is broken, then the fuse is broken. Warning Never use your bare hands to replace a halogen bulb. You may ruin the bulb. Items you will need Phillips screwdriver Paper towel Replacement K bulb.
About the Author This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information.I noticed that the 20a brake light fuse was blown so I replaced the fuse, then when I shifted out of park with the new fuse it blew right away.
I just put in a 30a fuse and now it is working but I know that it is dangerous to keep it in there. I need to know of what is possibly wrong before i go to the mechanic. The brake light switch is powered by the fuse and then powers the rear brake lights and third brake light also. The power also goes into the body control module to signal to unlock the shifter interlock. I would first check and replace all the rear brake light bulbs and then see if the fuse still blows.
If not then problem was in one of the bulbs. If it still blows fuse then replace the shift interlock solenoid. You can disconnect it first to make sure it is the cause of the short and then replace solenoid.
The simplest possibility is the bulbs brake light bulbs on the circuit have corroded and the contacts have melted such that they touch creating a short. Another bulb related fault occurs if the filaments in a dual filament bulb short together. If the problem is not found in the bulbs or contacts, basically any wire, ground, or component in the fused circuit is a possible cause.
Failures can often be simple insofar as cause so of course check the bulbs and terminals carefully first. If not successful, YourMechanic can fix this for you, on a mobile basis, at significant savings over taking the car to a shop. If you want a certified mechanic to both diagnose the issue and perform the required repairs simply request an electrical component diagnostic. Obviously, it is not recommended to use a higher capacity fuse, even on a momentary basis as you can ruin other parts of the circuit and components.
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