You could try a wire tester so see is the wire is corroded. you may also see if the ground wire is connected. If the bulb and fuses are new then your next step is seeing if it is getting power and has a ground.
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The only thing that both the brake lights and tail lights use is a ground connection. Keep in mind the warning light on the dash may be for any exterior lamp. You may need to check the sockets and grounds on all four corners of the car.
There are several components of your 1997 Subaru Outback that can cause your tail lights to stop functioning correctly. To help pinpoint the cause of the problem, it would be very helpful to also check your front marker lights. If the marker lights are working, then we know that the problem is not the headlamp switch or the tail and illumination relay (located in the fuse and relay box).
The components to check are:
> Fuse #23 (20 Amp) in the Main Fuse Box. > Fuse #5 (10 Amp) in the Fuse and Relay Box > Tail And Illumination Relay > Headlamp Switch
If you have just one side marker light out, it's probably a burnt bulb, those side lights are wired in with the parking and head lights, so when either the parking lights or head lights are turned on, the side lights come on also.
As far as the radio, the small bulb in there for the other half is probably blown.
you could either have a front marker/signal lamp w/lamp grounded and causing this,remember...when tail lights are on so are your frt parking/marker lights on also..... other than that you could have a feed wire worn thru and grounding out to the frame
marker lights and brake lights usually are separated -- they use a two filament bulb -- check bulb first -- sometimes the connections get dirty -- use electrical contact cleaner and spray the connections -- if that doesnt work -- there is a short in the wiring
Open the hood. Observe the area above the right headlamp, close to the fender. You will see a phillips screw that holds a plastic tab. Remove the phillips screw. After removing the screw, pull the marker lamp assembly towards you. It may be real tight, if it has never been removed before. You need to pull the light assembly out of 2 retention sockets behind the marker lamp. Rotate the bulb socket to get to the bulb, replace the bulb, & slide it back in.Easy job.