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Why would a left rear turn signal and brake light quit working on a Sport Trac?

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2011-09-12 13:56:26

If the left brake light and turn signal have both stopped

working, then the bulb has blown or there is a problem with the

wiring or a corroded socket.

My brother-in-law's 2001 has had this problem for several months

and I finally took a look at it this weekend. His left blinker and

tail light didn't work and when he tilted the steering colum down

the right blinker and tail light didn't work. I removed the plastic

from the colum where the blinker lever and shift lever(bottom then

top). I found broken wires at the connector that connects to the

multifunction switch(blinker). This was caused by poor installation

by Ford. There is not enough slack in the wires and the will break

over time if you use the tilt function regularly. One wire broke

with enough left to splice it. The other broke at the connector and

when it tried to remove the connector from the multifuncrion switch

the whole connector fell apart and all the wires came out. What a

disaster. We are going to try to get Ford to repair it because it

is clearly caused by poor design or assembly but if they won't we

will probably hace to replace the wiring harness. I will guarantee

that there are many 2001 Sport Trac's with this same problem.

Well, I took a look at the steering column, and that's exactly

what was wrong with it, I had no broken wires, but what I found was

the clip on the wiring harness receptacle had broken off and the

connector had pulled out a bit causing it to loose contact and

causing the left blinker to not work. I pushed in the connector and

everything started working fine, what a relief. I applied some

electrical putty on the connectors and hopefully that will keep it

working. Again thanks for the tip. LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF


The 2002 Sport Trac has the same issue - Poor design for giving

relief of tension on the wires going to the connector in the

stering column. The wires came out of the sockets of the connector

because no proper relief. After pushing the pins back into their

sockets, I placed a tie-wrap around all of the wires. I hope this

fixes the design problem and help others with the same problem --

took about 45 minites to do. Need a Phillips screwdriver to remove

the cover, pliers to remove the tilt knob.


My 2003 Sport Trac had the same issue after seven years of

ownership. My left turn signal was not working and the flasher was

clicking quickly. I should have come to the Internet first before I

swapped out the bulb (which did not work). Your answer lead me

right to the problem.

I took the plastic housing off the steering column (unscrew the

steering wheel tilt handle) and found the left turn signal wire was

coming out of the plastic box as I tilted the steering wheel up and

down. I did not have any electrical epoxy. I inserted a small tie

wrap into the plastic box along with the wire to make it SNUG. I

also noticed the wire for the right turn signal was also loose--so

a piece of the tie wrap went in to that slot to make it snug.

Replaced steering wheel housing. Three days wondering what the

problem was, 45 minutes on the Internet researching, 45 minutes

fixing the problem.

BTW: My father-in-law helped immensely--he found the answer



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