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