Coming home this evening, my next door neighbor was right behind me and let me know that I've got no brake lights. The neighbor stood at the back as I tried tail and turn signal lights. They worked, just no brake lights. He's a State Trooper, but he's the one I helped replaced brake pads on all four corners of his wife's Explorer. He wouldn't right me a ticket anyway, I don't think he even carries a ticket book anymore, but I still better get it fixed.
I started checking and I don't know why, maybe just because JerseyWheeler asked about using that toggle switch, I had the premonition that it was in the turn signal switch in the column. Nevertheless, first things first, I check the fuse. The fuse is good and it feeds both the brake switch and the hazard flasher. I turn on the hazard flashers and I've got fronts but no rears.
Now I'm really convinced that my problem is probably in the turn signal switch in the column. I unplug the connector to the steering column and started checking for power and continuity. I found that there was power on the pink wire from the brake switch when I press on the brake pedal. I connected a jumper from the battery and found that if I touch it to either of the light green wires, the corresponding brake/signal lamp lights.
I get out the multi-meter and check the column side of the connector and find that I have continuity between the wires going to the brake lamps but not to the power from the brake switch. I'm thinking I don't have a schematic on the column itself, but I check my books anyway. Nothing, so I get on this board to ask if anyone has one.
How lucky can you be?
I notice there had been a lot of responses to JerseyWheeler's post so I check it out. I notice LEVE's response and think, "If only he was right." I drop down and there it is, the schematic for the column.
Thank you in2mud.
Using that schematic that in2mud provided, with the turn switch centered, I've got continuity from RR to LR tail light wires (green), but not to the feed from the brake switch (red). The red goes hot when the brake is depressed. This still doesn't explain why both of the front hazard flashers work but neither of the rears do.
So, anybody think it could be anything but the turn switch or a bad connection to it? How hard is it to get to the switch? I've gotten into steering columns before, but that was years ago before they had the lock ring. I know I need a lock ring depressor. I've got a wheel puller, Chilton and Haynes manuals and the link
to the tilt column repair. Any other hints?
The bad part is, as a spring project, I was just contemplating switching to a later model column with the wiper and dimmer switch on the column. Drat the luck!