Brake light fuse blows

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TIM MCDOWELL
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  • 1994 FORD TAURUS
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
Every time I press the brake pedal the brake light fuse blows.
I have changed the brake light switch, traced the wires (that is visible), checked bulbs and their connections, and the clip that connects the brake light switch.
Any other suggestions?
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 AT 7:58 AM

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Tiny
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If it blows the fuse then there is a short. If car has been in accident check under carpet for broken wires like back seat area and trunk. As long as it blows when you apply brakes. If it blows prior then the short can be from fuse to switch. Also, check the wire leading to the T/S switch as it puts power there first as well as high stop light.
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 AT 9:50 AM
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TIM MCDOWELL
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Thanks for your help. Very helpful information.
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 AT 6:26 PM
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KEN
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Hello,

I would start by pulling each of the brake light bulbs out to see if there is any damage from heat melted sockets etc.

Here is a wiring diagram of the circuit so you can do some testing as well.

Please let us know what happens, we are interested to see what it is.

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 AT 11:36 AM
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TIM MCDOWELL
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All the info was great. I did check all that was recommended, however no short was ever found.
I ended up putting a 30amp fuse in and held the peddle down for quite a few minutes and the fuse never felt warm and neither did any wires.
I know that's not recommend, but it was all I could do. Even had mechanics check the wiring and they said all checked out fine but couldn't figure out why it kept tripping the fuse.
Thanks again for your help.
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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 AT 4:52 PM
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Good to hear, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, June 26th, 2017 AT 9:29 AM
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TIM MCDOWELL
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Update on this problem. The 30amp fuse blew also, after a day.
Last ditch effort, I just put in new bulbs even though the existing ones seemed fine.
Problem seems solved. Been driving it for a few days now and even put in a 15amp fuse (which it calls for).
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Saturday, July 1st, 2017 AT 8:38 AM
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Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.

Cheers, Ken
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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 AT 6:51 PM

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