Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Problem with the taillight fuse blowing out on 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

asked by on

The tail lights and brake lights fuse blew numerous times on my car and each time I had it replaced. I thought that the brake switch could have been the problem so I had it changed but it didn't solve it. There are no taillights or brake lights and the shifter gets stuck. What should I do?

A: Hey there, thanks for writing in about your...

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII. I suggest that the wiring circuit of the taillights are inspected by a technician for shorts. There may be a short to power/ground from faulted wiring or incorrect bulb usage. Another likely problem which is causing your issues is a faulty brake light switch. If a brake light switch is faulty, it may blow fuses and light bulbs. A brake light switch is also responsible for controlling the shift lock. When the brake light switch becomes bad, some experience not being able to change gears. If you'd like an expert to look at this, have a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your car's location to inspect your taillight issue in order to have this done.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Will wheels from a 2016 jetta fit my suv?

Hello. Unfortunately these wheels will not work. Even if the bolt pattern was the same the offset and backspacing of the wheel would be wrong. This would cause some series issues in the way the vehicle drives if you were...

Q: Why does my Shifter moves freely, but wont shift? A small piece in steering column has broken off. 2006 Dodge Dakota

Hi - you have diagnosed this correctly! Part of the shift linkage has broken, preventing gear selection. I would recommend a shift linkage inspection to determine what parts to order by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic,...

Q: Reverse lights not working

After replacement of both bulbs and the fuse, my next step would be the reverse light switch. Be sure to have your rear lights tested by a qualified technician before having it replaced, as it is not guaranteed to be...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...