Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How to Replace 2005 Lincoln LS Brake Console Switch

Fig.1 Ford 2005 Lincoln
LS automobile
By Gary Boutin
Supplies and Tools:
Brake console switch - $30
Electrical Star screwdriver (black handle)
Electrical stripper (Yellow handles)
Electrical tape
Pliers standard (Orange handles) 
Needlenose pliers
Putty scraper
Vicegrip® pliers 

Mrs. Stone drives a Ford 2005 Lincoln LS automobile pictured right top of this page. While at the car wash a worker pushed in the brake console switch inside the interior console. This post shows how to replace this part. 

This post shows the ten steps on how to repair 2005 Lincoln LS Brake Console Switch Replacement.
Step 1: Fig.1 shows a Ford 2005 Lincoln LS automobile.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the tools; Phillip screwdriver, Electrical Stripper, Pliers (standard), Needlenose pliers, Putty Scraper and Vicegrips® Pliers.
Fig.2 Tools for this job
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the coffee cup tray console that housed the brake handle, brake light switch (dark rectangular hole bottom left) and two side by side traveling coffee holders. The bottom black rectangle is the area of interest for this post. Use the putty scraper in combination with a flat end screwdriver in fig.1 to removed the console cover by prying the edges and pull outwards. Pull slowly because the cover has two switches attached to the back portion. In this case only one the brake handle was attached. 
Fig.3 Console cover tray
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the cover removed and interior electrical wires. The black brake switch bottom of the picture is the switch that needs to be replaced. When the brake switch was pushed down the mounting plate was broken off so the switch had to be replaced.
Fig.4 inside console
Step 5: Fig.5 shows an upside down coffee cup tray, the rectangle in the bottom of this picture is were the switch is suppose to be. Try to push the tray to the side so you can reach the electrical wiring.
Fig.5 Underneath 
coffee tray
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the hand brake cable. There is no need to remove this but it does give more room to get to the electrical wiring.
Fig.6 Brake cable
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the black electrical tape that will need to be removed to get to the electrical junction. Sometimes the wires at the back of the switch can be pulled off and replaced on the new switch. But in this case the wires were part of the switch.
Fig.7 Wire junction
Step 8: Fig.8 shows that the black electrical tape was removed revealing the junction between the brake switch and the orange power line. Pull the lines apart and release it from the orange cable. Use a razor knife to remove the black electrical tape and to reapply the tape back on the new switch wiring. Electrical stripper were used to remove the existing wiring and to place the new switch wiring.

Note: Remember how electrical junction was removed because the new switch will need to be put back on.
Fig.8 Tape removed
Step 9: Fig.9 shows the removal and replacement of the brake switch using a Star Screwdriver. Remove or replace take two screws from the new brake light switch
Fig.9 New brake light switch
Step 10: Fig.10 shows both switches are ready to be placed into the console.
Fig.10 New switch 
and cable installed
Step 11: Fig.11 and fig.12 shows the cover being placed back into the center console. Install in reverse order of the removal.
Fig.11 Tap both sides 
of console lid
Fig.12 Pushing lid in place

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