My brake lights do not work at all with headlights on or off. The tail lights do work fine and so do backup lights. I replaced bulbs and checked fuses but I dont have the diagram so I am not sure on that yet. I tried to find the brakelight switch but it looks complex to replace if I even found it because there is no switch. Any thoughts?
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Re: 1988 Toyota Camry LE brake lights are out
The brake light switch is located above the brake pedal. This is most likely the problem. Try this: remoev the connector from the switch, and jump across the termials with a paper clip. Do the brake lights now come on? If so, replace the switch. Changing the switch is not hard.
There is a light fault indicator box located in your trunk near your antenna motor behind the cloth on the left side of the trunk. Replace that and you will most likely be fine. Same thing happened to me
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88 thru 1991 tail lights leaked like crazy on Camry, check the socket to be sure its not corroded , if so, disconnect the battery and clean them with a small wire brush, or roll up a piece of sandpaper and use that, be careful not to hit the bulb connections at the bottom of the socket ,, what you have is a grounding problem and this should fix the problem cheap and fast... make sure you have the right bulbs, I had a guy try and use a 1156 bulb rather than a 1157, make sure the bulb has 2 connections at the bottom not just one, if it has just one this is a backup light bulb
I have a solution for you, as I see your same issue in my shop quite a bit...There are two possibilities:
You may have a broken wire. This is a very common issue.
Open up the trunk lid, and look at the hinge on the driver side. You will see a wiring harness, in a plastic tube, attached to the arm that holds th trunk lid to the car.... Remove the tubing, and follow the wires towards the back seat area. You are probably going to find a wire that has been broken, from the many actions of opening and closing the trunklid. Splice and resolder the wire, and you should be fine.
The other issue is the tallamp failure sensor may have burned out. This too is rather common. Open the trunk lid, and pull back the inner carpeting on the driver side of the trunk. Locate a small box (it will be white or blue), on a brace. The box is closer to the quater panel sheetmetal. Remove the box, and take it apart. If it looks or smells burnt, you need a new sensor.