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Right rear brake light still out after replacement with new bulb.

My right rear brake light went out and I thought it was a blown bulb. However, after replacing the bulb, the light still continues to not work. I've checked fuses and they seem to be okay. The fusebox in the engine doesn't have any brake related relays but I'm not sure about the fusebox underneath the steering wheel (I only know that the DRL relay is in there but can't identify any of the other relays)

Any ideas?

There are three bulbs in each tail light assembly.

The top bulbs are activated when the
1) brakes are pressed. (left one works, right one doesn't)
2) head lights are turned on. (both sides work as expected)

The middle bulbs are activated when the
1) emergency flashers are turned on (both sides work as expected)
2) head lights are turned on. (both sides work as expected)

The bottom bulbs are the backup lights and both sides work as expected.

Also, the brake light that shines through the rear window works also.

Any help you can provide would be very much appreciated.

-Kevin

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You must replace the relay, yes, underneath the steering column. It's 47.00 at the dealer. I had the same problem. Should be fine after that!

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Well, the first this to do is get a test light and have someone depress the brake pedal while you check for power at the bulb socket. If you have power, the next step is to check the ground. Just hook your test light to power and see if the light comes on when you touch the ground part of the light socket. In my experience, most light issues are caused by a ground problem. If the ground turns out to be the issue, you can cheat and just run a short jumper ground wire from the light socket to a ground anywhere near the light.

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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