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On a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport why would the left turn signal and brake light not work but the tail light work?


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2015-07-14 15:06:03
2015-07-14 15:06:03

i had this same problem on a 2001 explorer sport and when i removed the cover on the steering colum i also noticed that a couple wires were not in the plastic harness anymore because the plastic clip that holds the wire in place broke. what i did to fix it was got some small zip ties and cut them very short, just enough to fit the hole along with the wire, and i placed the wire back in where it should be and then shoved a few of those in there to hold it in place. if you want to be extra sure you can also drop a little super glue in there to hold it better. i did this several months ago and have had no problems and its a very cheap fix if you dont mind taking a few minutes to do it.

AnswerChange the bulb. It has two filiments, one for the tail and one for the turn. AnswerHi, I also had this same problem on my 2001 Explorer Sport a few months ago. When you turn on your left turn signal did it blink (inside) really fast? Turned out my problem was the turn signal switch which cost me a pretty penny at the shop. Answer2001 Ford Explorer Sport - Same issue Problem = LEFT turn signal flashing fast, no left turn rear light, no rear left brake light, no rear left hazrard light. Running light works on rear left and front left works on ALL tests.

Details in Toubleshooting: Removed steering column cover and found loose blue wire on harness connecting to the Turn signal control unit. Reinserted and tested - Fixed issue.

The wiring to the brake lights and turn signals are postioned badly right under the tilt steering mechanism...using the tilt steering will eventually cut the wire...i had the same problem in my '01 Sport...in my opinion, it should have been a recall but i researched and it wasn't listed...

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No vehicle year was given so I have to keep it general... Ford Explorer Sport turn signal / brake light bulb lamp replacement: Purchase the correct replacement turn signal / brake light bulb(s) first, before disassembling the vehicle. See sources and related links below for replacement turn signal / brake light bulb information. Then consult your owner's manual for the replacement procedure. As simple as it sounds, the owner's manual is the best place to start for turn signal / brake light bulb lamp replacement instructions and illustrations. You may want to consider replacing both left and right at the same time in order to keep brightness and color equal (optional).

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I have the same problem - but my third brake light slightly flashes when the car is of (Explorer 1998). I have replaced the "stop light" switch with no improvement at all.

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Check your brake fluid level in the brake master cylinder in your engine compartment when it is low your brake warning light will come on

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If you have the same bulb for brake and signal, brake light power needs to be interrupted by the signal lights, The brake circuit has to go through the signal light switch so the problem could be there.


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