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Old 07-21-2011, 01:36 PM
FL Zipper FL Zipper is offline
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Question no stop lights !!

I kind gent came alongside at a stop light to tell me I had no stop lights (beats rear ending me!).
The Haynes manual is not helpful - I've checked all fuses and they are okay - where exactly will I find the stop light switch? It doesn't seem to be on the cab side of the brake pedal.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:41 PM
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Default Re: no stop lights !!

It's on the pedal. Small little microswitch.
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Old 07-21-2011, 01:45 PM
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It's on the pedal. Small little microswitch.
is this legit or are you bullshittin?
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:14 PM
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Default Re: no stop lights !!

Follow the brake pedal upwards and where it pivots , is located a small micro switch .
It sends a signal to the brake lights.

I would check your bulbs FIRST,though
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Old 07-21-2011, 02:21 PM
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is this legit or are you bullshittin?
Ya I'm totally bullshitting. It actually uses a telepathic link to the driver. When it sense you thinking about slowing down, it closes a relay which illuminates the brake lights. Its possible it isn't working because of something getting in the way of the brainwaves. Are you by chance wearing a foil hat?
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:36 PM
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Default Re: no stop lights !!

But I NEED the foil hat with the Florida sun, otherwise my brain gets fried.

Thanks for the comedy routine guys, I'll have a look at the pedal (gee, you need to be a pretzel to get under there!)

AND I'll check the bulbs, too!
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:43 AM
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I also have been having this problem changed the Micro switch twice not the problem every time I press brake pedal fuse pops so found that the cargo brake light bulb was shorted changed bulb and fuse good to go have brakes week later same problem sooooooo I went online and found that there is a recall on the ford ranger brake lights so now I made an appointment for ford to fix it
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:17 AM
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Default Re: no stop lights !!

Yes, there's a microswitch. Hook up a test light to the pedal (ground), and poke the switch wire when pushed down, and at normal rest. Test light will come on each way if the switch is alright. Just checked mine to be ok, as I am having the same problem with my brake lights....still. I have checked all the fuses, connectors, micro switch, all fine, but still no lights, or backup lights. Backup is probably the switch. Anybody know the easiest way to access the backup switch that I believe is on top of the tranny?
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Old 07-22-2011, 01:50 PM
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A new microswitch (and a session with a chiropractor) fixed the problem.

Okay, now I admit I was a total (fairly mild word censored) - because we are walking distance from the Sarasota Ford place I walked over and got the Autopart item - $30+, still in shock but after I fitted it I check Autozone - $7.99+tax...DOH!!
I just cannot put myself through the torture of scrabbling around upside down in that cab in 90+ heat - lesson learned, methinks!!
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: no stop lights !!

Easy to replace. Takes me like 3 mins. Just take some pliers and pull the pin holding the switch on like a cotter pin. Then just wiggle it out, replace, put pin back in.

Also to make sure its the switch:

If you have cruise control, set the speed and lightly tap (i repeat lightly tap) the brakes. If it doesn't stop with the lightest of taps it is your brake switch.

You do have a brake pressure switch (for redundancy) so you want to do this lightly so no actual pressure is on the fluid in the master cylinder.
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