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Brad, We have a 1956 Ford F-350 Stake Truck.  Until recently both brake lights worked.  Now the right brake light does not work. right turn signal light works, right tail light works.  On the left side all 3 lights work.  I have traced the green wire from the right brake/stop light up to the steering column and turn signal switch.  We have a good right turn signal light all the way but no right stop light signal.  Now what, I am not comfortable tearing into the turn signal switch but I am afraid that is where my problem is located.

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I think that you have called the problem correctly, I agree with the directional light switch, a common problem in the day. Replacing the switch is relatively straight forward and fairly simple. Pull the steering wheel and the switch is held in with a couple of  Philip's head screws. The trickyest part is connecting the wires at the junction. Make sure that they go back in the same as t frhe old switch.

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Expertise

All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

Experience

Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

Publications
Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

Education/Credentials
More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

Awards and Honors
Moto Award winner. And much more.

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