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Help. Brake light fuse keeps blowing- ABS, BAS, ESP lights on

Anyone experienced this problem? Changed battery a few weeks ago. Few days later, when I hit the brake pedal, the ABS, BAS, ESP, and lamp malfunction lights all come one. Noticed that all the back brake lights are out when brake pedal is engaged. Checked the fuse box and saw the 15 amp fuse to the brake light was blown. Put another fuse in, cranked car, hit the brake, it blew again. So, I then disconnected the negative on the battery, hooked it back up, started the car, turned steering wheel to left, then right, clearing the ABS, BAS, and ESP lights. Then hit the brake pedal and Boom, fuse blows again. Any idea on what is causing this and what can been done to fix?
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Anyone experienced this problem? Changed battery a few weeks ago. Few days later, when I hit the brake pedal, the ABS, BAS, ESP, and lamp malfunction lights all come one. Noticed that all the back brake lights are out when brake pedal is engaged. Checked the fuse box and saw the 15 amp fuse to the brake light was blown. Put another fuse in, cranked car, hit the brake, it blew again. So, I then disconnected the negative on the battery, hooked it back up, started the car, turned steering wheel to left, then right, clearing the ABS, BAS, and ESP lights. Then hit the brake pedal and Boom, fuse blows again. Any idea on what is causing this and what can been done to fix?

Sounds like a tail light bulb holder has shorted out

Remove both brake light bulbs in the tail lights ..replace the fuse and check to see if it pops ...
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Sounds like a tail light bulb holder has shorted out

Remove both brake light bulbs in the tail lights ..replace the fuse and check to see if it pops ...
Mark- Tried this. Took both tail light bulb holders completely out on each side. Replaced fuse, started car up, bulb defective pops up as expected with both holders out, hit the brake pedal, blows fuse. Any other suggestions?
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DID you disconnect the middle brake light bulb ? It could also be worth unplugging the tail lights and then replacing the fuse and see if it blows . If the fuse is still ok then reconnect one tail light check if this blows the fuse , then the other , this might help locate the sorce of the short .
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DID you disconnect the middle brake light bulb ? It could also be worth unplugging the tail lights and then replacing the fuse and see if it blows . If the fuse is still ok then reconnect one tail light check if this blows the fuse , then the other , this might help locate the sorce of the short .
How do you get to the middle brake light bulb?
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Hi, Neil, it would probably help if we knew the year of your car. While you're at it please click the User CP link and complete your BW profile to include your vehicle and location, that's useful information especially when you're seeking help.

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It will depend on your model year , an early car with the single bulb , just push in the tabs either side of the light housing and pull back . On the later cars with a strip of lights I think that the shelf has to come out , though im not sure
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Sorry guys... It's a 2001 E320. I couldn't find the bulb(s) to the 3rd brake light from the trunk. It looks like the whole back deck lining would have to come out to get to the bulbs... Is that correct?
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Will a faulty Brake Light Switch cause blown fuse?

Anyone have any idea if a faulty brake light switch will cause the 15A brake light fuse in the drivers side fuse box to blow??
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Anything is possible and this is a suspect part anyway, and the abs/ets light is kind of a giveaway. For $18-$30 (depending on your dealer's markup) I'd do that before I start tracing wiring, you know that is going to suck.

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