There is a small green box in the trunk on the left side behind the carpet. i was just wondering where to go and get a replacement because mine is burnt out and it made the taillights stop working. the lights arent burnt out just the box. when you step on the brake pedal the lights still come on but the running tail lights are off. help where to find this part looked everywhere.
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Re: brake box in the trunk
The small box that you are describing is the "taillamp sensor". All of the power for the taillamps runs thru this box, and then to the taillamps, and its basic function is to determine the voltage "draw" on the taillamp circuits. When the draw is incorrect, as in a burned out bulb, this box lights up the "taillamp failure" bulb on the dash panel. You are going to need to visit a Toyota dealer's parts dept to purchase the taillamp sensor box. It is not available in the aftermarket.
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The tail light fuse is located in the fuse panel at the left lower dash behind the coin box cover, it's marked TAIL on the cover there is a tail light relay in the trunk on the left side above the fender well behind the carpet.
Thank you for the inquiry.
Fuse for the anti-theft system in in the fuse box under the hood in the engine compartment drivers side just behind the airfilter box with small black cover.
There is also an other fuse box in the trunk on drivers side right behind the rear seat, must pull up the carpet. Has no bearing on this issue.
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Usually the fuse chart is in with the tool kit in the trunk underneath the carpet on left hand side. It will be held with velcro. The fuse chart has the fuse box locations on it as well. If not the fuse box locations are 1-in the trunk on the left side behind the little carpet panel. remove panel and then remove plastic cage looking cover and the padding. 2- on the drivers side of the dash. open door and remove cover. 3- in the engine compartment by the hood hinges. slide tabs and remove cover.
It could be the relay, which is a yellow box located under the carpeting in the trunk on the left side. It is a problem common to your model. Also, check the brake switch's (behind the brake pedal) functionality (12V present with key at ACC or ON and continuity between wires when button engaged).
Lok in the trunk on the left side, behind the carpet for a small plastic box with a bunch of wires going to it. Look to see if there is brake light powe coming in with the pedal depressed. If so, and no power is coming out, you need to order and replace the "taillamp failure sensor".
Yes. Behind the carpeting in the trunk you will see a small plastic clip or "rivet". I think there are two, but you will need a small hammer to knock that out. Be sure to be ready to catch the taillight before you do it. You will also need spare clips to reattach it. I havent bought them from the dealer for mine, and it seems to be secure. No water has entered the housing or the trunk, so I dont believe they are necessary.
Yop may have a very common problem unique to that year car.
I have two definite fixes for you:
Open the trunk. Look at the wiring harness that is hooked onto the driver side arm that holds the trunk lid to the body. Untape the wiring harness from the edge of the trunk lid back towards the driver rear seat. You are most likely going to find a broken wire or two, prob a green with a red tracer. The repeated action of lifting/closing the trunklid seems to break the brake/tail power wires. If the wiring harness is perfect, no breaks, AND you have a rear spoiler, remove the trunk interior trim that faces the driver side 1/4 panel. Hidden behind a brace will be a small box. This is the brake lamp sensor. If it has failed, you may need to replace this box. Either fix should resolve your issue.