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Why won't my brake lights come on in my Ford Explorer XLT?

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2014-08-23 22:43:30
2014-08-23 22:43:30

Could be,

a blown fuse,

burned out bulbs,

bad brake light switch,

or an improperly installed brake light switch.

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