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Scion xb 2005 tail lights not working

The blinkers work, turn signals work, tail lights do not work when heads lights are on.

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  • Jim Nichols
    Jim Nichols Mar 04, 2017

    I have a 2008 Scion xB, great car. I foolishly didn't replace a broken tail light housing some years ago but taped it back together with see thru red tape, adding more tape occasionally-bad idea. Water corroded the socket contacts and also destroyed the very hot brake light bulb. It was easy to clean the corrosion with a small screwdriver and file and put in a new bulb. But, I didn't know the center tail light connector is not to a bulb, it is the three 12 volt feeds plus a ground for the brakes, tail lights, and signals/flashers. With the center connector unplugged, the two sockets are totally isolated from voltage and ground and none of the bulbs worked.I wasted a little time with my meter trying to figure out why there was no hot or ground on that side. Once I reconnected the center plug, everything worked perfectly. Hope this helps someone else out there!

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did you change any relays  swap some relays to see if you can get the tail lights working but something else will fail    do you mean marker lights  make sure you used the correct bulb type  many are dual filament bulbs and will not work right if you used single filament bulbs

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if it still is not working try to replace the hazard switch its easy

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It sounds as if you have a bad earth to either one or both of your rear light clusters. If it only happens when you indicate in one direction then that is the offending side.

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