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How to Troubleshoot Brake Light Problems on a Ford Explorer

by Daniel Valladares

The Ford Explorer is an SUV manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since 1990. It was introduced as a replacement for the Ford Bronco II. The Ford Explorer brake lights provide an essential contribution to the safety of the vehicle. If they burn out, they should be replaced immediately. Troubleshooting the brake lights is a simple procedure that only requires a few tools.

Wiring Check

Turn off the engine of the Explorer. Open the rear door.

Use the screwdriver to unfasten the two screws behind the taillight assembly.

Remove the assembly from the vehicle. Check the electrical connection. Plug it in firmly. If the lights are still not working, there may be a problem with the bulb.

Bulb Replacement

Remove the socket from the taillight assembly.

Pull the bulb straight out. Use a paper towel to firmly push in the replacement bulb.

Place the taillight assembly back into the vehicle.

Reinstall the two screws, and close the rear door. If the lights still do not work, there may be an issue with the brake light fuses.

Fuse Replacement

Open the driver's side door of the Explorer.

Open the fuse block, located on the left side of the instrument panel.

Remove the fuse block cover, and locate the fuses numbered "3" and "7." If they are broken, pull them out with your hand.

Replace the fuses with a fuse of identical amperage.

Close the fuse block, and close the driver's side door.


  • If the issue still persists, contact a certified technician.
  • If the metal inside of a fuse is broken, then the fuse is broken.


  • Never use your bare hands to replace a halogen bulb. You may ruin the bulb.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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