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3rd Brake Light Flickers When Off


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June 28, 2002
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City, State
Brentwood, TN
Year, Model & Trim Level
'98 XLT
I have a '98 Explorer XLT and I just started noticing the 3rd rear brake light is flickering even when the car is off. My first question is did the '98 come from the factory this way (perhaps this is a feature) and I just haven't noticed it?

I have reviewed the other articles that talk about the light and I believe it is an LED type light. Someone talked about a circuit board that causes this light to come on based on a change in resistance or current in the circuit for the other tail lights. It sounds expensive to fix so if this is the case I will leave it alone.

The light does not appear to be draining the battery.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem might be?