02 Ford Focus ZX5 Brake Lights Problem


Old 08-16-04, 05:28 PM
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02 Ford Focus ZX5 Brake Lights Problem

I have a 2002 Ford Focus ZX5 with 40k Miles. The 2 side brake lights are not working, but the center one is. The fuse is good. The dealer says it is a computer chip ( cars out of warrenty will cost 300.00 for chip plus 150.00 in labor). This does not make any sense to me, if its a computer chip why is the center brake light working and there are no other problems with the car. Anyone have any opinions or recomendations?
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Old 08-16-04, 07:40 PM
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In most cars the third brake light is turned on directly by the brake switch while the other two brake lights will either go through the turn signal switch or to a body/lighting control module. Therefore if the center brake light works and the other two don't then your problem is most likely the turn signal switch or body control module etc. In your case I think by computer chip you mean body control module (just a guess).

Hope that helps,

Old 08-16-04, 07:59 PM
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Thank you.
At first it sounded like I was getting the run around from the dealer, at least I know now what they said is possible.

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