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Rear Lights My rear taillights do not light up when the headlights are on. The brakelights work, but the taillights(running lights) dont light up. Can it be a bulb issue or electrical

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    Front and rear running lights not coming on. Headlights work just fine.

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It should be the bulb or a fuse get a test light and see if u have power to the brake light

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