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Re: 1997 Back Left TailLight
For this problem and future ones that involve electrical stuff, I recommend buying a cheap digital multimeter.
They can be had for <$20 US at auto parts stores or electronic parts stores, are easy to use and provided with brief Chinglish instructions (that sometimes are good for a laugh!).
You need to turn on your lights and measure between any contacts you find more central to the socket and the exposed metal shell of the socket.
If you are finding any voltage there, no bulb on earth will work.
Your Golf may have multiple fuse circuits so you need to check continuity of the fuses that could affect that light; continuity is another thing you can measure with your new meter!
There will likely be two different functions available, one of resistance and the other indicated with the standard symbol for a diode that looks like and arrow pointing to a bar with lines from either end.
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For your tail lamps, the brown wire shows to be voltage, should go hot when you turn on headlamp switch. The black wire is ground. Use a test light, if you haven't already, check voltage and ground.
The tag lamps use the same voltage as tail lamps.
In the trunk. You will find black plastic wing nuts that hold the felt panels in place, remove and pull back the panel pieces and you can now access the taillight assembly, if you can't access the bulbs from that point you need to remove the tail lights by un bolting the 10mm nuts holding the taillight assembly then remove the taillight from the car now on the outside you should be able to access the bulbs from there by turning the bulb plugs about a 1/4 to a 1/2 turn, reassemble the taillight and interior panels.
if only one side of brake light is out it's probally the bulb, these are easly changed , by first going to auto parts store and getting new bulb , then using phillips head screwdriver remove four screws that are around permiter of tailight that is out , carefull dont loose these screws you'll need to put them back , gently rock tailight back and forth to break gasket seal and pull light straight out of truck it comes out about 10 inches , this modle has if i remember right three bulbs in taillight it's the center one if i remember right grap the white plastic bulb holder firmly and turn 1/4 turn counterclockwise the bulb holder should come free of tail light , grab bulb with one hand and holder with other and wiggle gently sideto side till bulb pops free of holder , use a clean towel or cloth to hold new bulb and insert it back same direction as previous bulb, wipe all smuges and fingerprints off bulb (this would cause hot spot on bulb and make it fail early) reinsert holder into tail light , I use car wax as gasket renewer on tail light border before i put it back in, but thats optional reinstall all four screws back in , there you are done !!
just check accurately bulbs if you mixed it could happen like that, some cars for the brake lights use two contact bulbs some of them single contact, two contact bulbs can give two signals which one is used for brake ligths and another for taillight, so check the bulbs carefully
The right side tail light and plate light get their power
from from the left side. The first thing to do is change
the bulb, if this fails, use a 12v test light or meter (the
light easier in this case) and check the power wire
from left to right. If you have power from socket to socket, check the ground, if you have good power and ground and a new bulb. Replace the socket.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
1. Open the trunk and remove the taillight cover by turning the knob. 2. Determine which of the two bulbs is burned out: tail/stoplight or turn signal. 3. Remove the socket by turning it one-quarter turn counterclockwise. 4. Remove the burned out bulb from the socket by pulling it straight out of its socket. 5. Install the new bulb in the socket. 6. Reinstall the socket into the light assembly. 7. Test the lights to make sure the new bulb is working. 8. Reinstall the taillight assembly cover.
Hi njaqua. The fuse box containing the fuse is under the engine hoodjust behind the battery. If i remember correctly 10amp should be the size. Seperate fuses for left and right tail lights. Sure hope this helps!