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Tail light, backup light and dashboard light will not light up??

I have a 1998 Eclipse Spyder GST. When I turn on my headlight the dash light and tail light DOES not light up. I checked fuses and they are good. I put a meter to the fuse (15amp) in the engine bay for "Tail Lamp" no reading. I just found out that when reversing, back up light does not come on either. Is there another master fuse controlling these three fuses? Everything else seems to working fine. Radio is good, interior dome is good, turn signals are good, hazard is good. Please help?? Need wiring diagram.

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  • ckvang Dec 14, 2008

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that I did that already too and still nothing. The relay is good and worked when I swapped it with the Headlight relay. Thanks for the pdf file. If you can think of anything else, PLEASE let me know.

  • ckvang Dec 15, 2008

    Fusible link #5 is good. I pulled the green fuse out with the headlight turned on and they went out. I metered it and it gave me a voltage reading of 15.6. Is that low? I thought it would be closer to 30? Maybe I am wronged, I'm not sure. Anything else please let me know.

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    Kirk Augustin Nov 17, 2012

    Voltage could never be 30 on a car, and even 15.6 would be bad. Voltage is never supposed to be over 14.5. Fuses are rated at 30 amps, but that is not voltage.

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96 eclipse rs back tail lites and dash wont come on i changed the combination switch ,fuses,relays and bulbs and it still dont work what else can it be?

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    Kirk Augustin Nov 17, 2012

    Stop changing things, and instead trace the voltage. Is there 12 volts at the switch? If not, then it is before the switch, at the fusebox. If so, then it is after the swithch, such as the ground connection. Follow the flow. Use a test light.

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Your tail light relay is bad. if you swap the headlight relay and the tail light relay, i bet your tail light will work and the head lights won't. then you'll know for sure its the relay.
I have the electrical manual on Mediafire, CLICK HERE if you want a copy, its in PDF format.

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    alex metro Dec 15, 2008

    did you check fusible link #5? its a 40A (green housing) you said you checked all the fuses but that is all that is between the power source and the relay.

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    alex metro Dec 15, 2008

    this one

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    alex metro Dec 16, 2008

    the voltage is usually about 12-13v with the car off, or 13-14.5v or so with the car running. what ever the voltage between the (+) terminal of the battery and (-) chasis ground is, it should be the same on all the relays in the picture above.



    okay, one last thing i can think of to check. check the head/tail light switch on the column. just pull off the switch, turn it to the position it need to be in for your lights to turn on.

    and check for continuity between pin 5 and pin 7 on connector B.



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First of all, you can't tell if a fuse is bad by looking. So make sure you check both sides of the fuse, and use the voltage setting, not amperage. There will be no current flow if a bulb is bad, for example. Second is that yes, there is always a master inline fuse somewhere. On many cars is it called a fusible link, and is simply a fat piece of wire. But many cars also have a tin foil looking bus bar main fuse on the fuse box. Can't tell you what your particular car has, but just follow from the battery, to the starter, then through the fusible link to the fusebox, where it then fans out. A test light is faster than a meter, because you can clip the ground, don't need 2 hands, and you don't have to look at the dial.

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