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Old August 1st, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Tailight issues

I had my left tailight burned out a few days ago so i cleaned the connections and replaced the bulb and cleaned it up. It comes on but only when my lights are on. It wont come on when I brake and it won't get brighter when i break at night. I don't think it is a faulty bulb because I tried a few bulbs and both filaments look fine. None of the connections seem to be loose or broken. Has Anybody had this problem? How do I fix it?
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Old August 1st, 2005, 03:30 PM
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Sure the bulb is in right, sometimes they can screw in the wrong way. I would use a chunk of 2x4 or something to hold the break peddle down and then screw around with the bulb and wires until the light came on or sparks fly out, if sparks fly continue until your satisfied
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Old August 1st, 2005, 04:05 PM
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I had the oposite problem, brake light worked and the tail light didn't, a Cop was nice enough to let me know of the issue. It wasn't the bulb, it ended up being a bad connection with the wiring. I cut and respliced the wires, seems fine now.
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 10:14 AM
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where did you re-splice your wires?
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 01:45 PM
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Ditto - I had a similar problem on my '97, and found that cutting and resplicing the wires was the best bet. Also one of my bulb holders was a bit suspect (lots of corrosion), a new one solved that problem as well. Smearing a bunch of dielectric grease inside the connector has kept the corrosion down in there as well - no problems.

In fact I ended up cutting and re-splicing the wires for all of the rear lights, wrapping the splices with that heat shrink, and then wrapping enough tape around the whole affair. I also drilled holes in the bottom of all my lenses to let the water drain out and have not had any problems since then.

Have fun . . .
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Check the disconnect from the wiring harness to the light socket. You will probably find that it is corroded and one of the pins is broken. That is very common.
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 05:37 PM
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I spliced it where there was a split in the line, where power was being jumped to another light. You should also check the harness and connection at the bub. They do corrode, and the pins do break off, just had to buy a new harness and connector from Rover's North.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 01:03 PM
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already checked harbesses cleaned them out and they look fine
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