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The light that you see is the 'rear taillamp failure ' indicator. This light comes on when you have a burnt out brake or taillamp. A sensor in the trunk (driver side) looks after the operation of the rear bulbs,.
When checking the rear lamps for outages, please do not forget to look at the brake light in the rear window, it too is monitored by the rear lamp failure sensor.
Replace any burned out lightbulbs, and the sensor will shut off the light.
Carefully pry the lamp housing cover up
Lift the cover off access the lens and bulb.
Carefully remove the metal cover with a suitable pry tool
Twist , remove and inspect the bulb.
If it is bad, replace new one.
Install: reverse procedure
Well Jennifer, it sounds like you've done all the things that I'd have done. Try for a bad ground next. Do the lights in the dash cluster work? They're wired together with the tail-lights (so that you know if the rears go out). There should be a ground wire somewhere connecting the body to the engine or chassis.Look around the rear of the engine bay. Good Luck.
3 things. 1st remove the bulb from the 3rd brake light and see if there is any black in the glass. If so, replace it. If not check your other stop lights bulbs for the same. 2nd. Check the wires on the drivers side trunk hinge to see if any are broken and repair if necessary 3rd. You may have a bad light warning module located in the trunk on the drivers side rear quarter panel behind the covering.
There is no "reset" for the rear lamp failure system. The light goes out automatically wehen all of the rear lamps (brake and tail) are working. Did you check the brake light in the lower part of the back window? Also note that the lamp sensor is very sensitive; it needs to see all the bulbs to be the same wattage. The wattages can vary from nfgr to mfgr. Let me know waht you find on the 3rd brake lamp in the back window.