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1998 Ford Escort LX electrical problems

bbiggs53 bbiggs53
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/18
Posted: 03/17/18
04:02 PM


I have a 1998 Ford Escort LX , and LOTS of bulb lights
were out:

all front and rear exterior turn signals
left cabin turn signal (right one worked, but was blinking fast)
the rear left tail light
the rear left brake light

I start by replacing all bulbs. After full replacement, only all the
lights work on the right side of the car ! On the left side, all exterior
blinker signals are still out AND the rear left tail light and rear brake
light are still out!!! it's like everything is out on the the left side

(except for head lights)! This is all true when I turn on hazards too.

Could something wrong in the signal relay? or fuses? I can check
the fuses to see if any are burned out and I could locate the signal
relay too, but how could I test it to see if it's good? Perhaps there's
a left-side  mainline wiring that's damaged? (I'm a newbie with
electrical auto repair Smile

Any  help  would help  and  thanks  for  reading


Just Try It1 Just Try It1
Moderator | Posts: 2796 | Joined: 08/14
Posted: 03/17/18
06:47 PM

turn on the parking lights and walk around.  the bulbs that don't work..  pull back out of the sockets. and look into the sockets..

see the 2 or 4 tabs.  those can get crusty stuff on the surface that the bulb contact wires touch.. making the bulb not work.. clean the contact tabs with a tiny screw driver of thin fingernail file or emery board.. blow it out.. insert a small screwdriver to squeeze the contacts toward the middle slightly increasing their grip on the sides of the bulb base


you may also want to check the various ground connections for the bulbs..

you will also want to click on this voltage drop image and save it. you may want to perform it.. to check the major electrical connections under the hood..  voltage drop testing.  

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