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Tail lights on 2004 nissan maxima out.

Brake lights work, but not tail lights. have replaced the fuse once. it's happened again. also, the inside lights will not turn off by themselves.

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    my tail lights went out but my brake lights work and the upper part of my center dash lights are out non of the fuses are bad and the bulbs arent burnt out

  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    my tail lights went out and my lights on my radio went out but we cant find the fuse for it

  • lanaste Apr 21, 2009

    I had the same problem and i took it to a dealer and they tried to charge me $200 dollars to fix my tail lights! I tried jeve55 solution and it worked! thank you so much i saved 200 dollars!!

  • Annie Oct 17, 2013

    I had the same problem, I replaced the fuse twice and the tail light would work but the dash board would go out, then if you turned the dimmer switch to get the dash board back on the tail light would fuse again. Any ideas?

  • Annie Oct 17, 2013

    I have the same problem, have changed the fuse tail lights then work but dashboard goes off. So when you turn the dimmer down on the dashboard and back up the lights on the dash now work but the tail lights have just blown again. Help?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Inside brake light

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    I have a 2000 Nissan maxima and my tail lights turn off and on when they want to as well as my dashboard lights

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    tail lights and brake lights not working

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Hey i just fixed mine with the same exact problem, look, all you have to do is open your 3rd fuse box which is next to your washing fluid on the passenger´s side under the hood, for that you need to remove the cover wich is pretty easy (5 staples all you need is a thin flat screw driver to lift the center of the staple and then the whole staple) then you take off the cover and then you open the fuse cover, you are looking for the TAILLIGHT fuse wich is the first on the upper row from right to left if you are standing on the passenger side looking towards the drivers side (you can also look for that fuse in the fuse box cover diagram) remembre is a 15A fuse, replace it, jaja and thats how you save some dollars. saludos desde guadalajara mexico.

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  • danshanara Sep 15, 2010

    well i replaced my fuse and they were working but the next day they were out again

  • boobalah98 Oct 08, 2010

    I have an 2004 Maxima with the saem problem. I am tired of changing fuses everyday.

  • DENNIS SURPRENANT Nov 24, 2010

    MY NAME IS DENNIS SURPRENANT I JUST HAD THE SAME PROBLEM NO TAIL LIGHTS NO PARKING LIGHTS AND DASH DIMMER DIDNT WORK.I LOOKED THREW BOTH FUSE BOXES COULDNT FIND ONE DEAD.LOOKED IN OWNERS MA FOR HOUR.COULDNT SEE ANYTHING I CALLED NISSON THEY TOLD ME BRING IT IN $175,OO.WOW JUST FOR KNOW TAIL LIGHTS.SO I HAD TO TRY AN TRY BEFOR SPENDIND THE MONEY,I SAID THE HELL WITH IT IM GOING TO GOOGLE IT .AND WAMM HER YOU ARE.5 PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM.AND THEY WROT COMENTS.NEVER NEW I HAD A 3RD FUSE BOX UNDER THE HOOD THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE HELP AND SAVEING MONEY THAT XMAS IS RT AROUND THE CORNER,THANKS SO MUCH CAR IS BACK TO NORMAL FOR NO COST THANKS DENNIS SURPRENANTDENNIS@GMAIL.COM

  • DENNIS SURPRENANT Nov 24, 2010

    WELL MY NAME IS DENNIS SURPRENANT I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SALVEING MY PROBLEM.YOU SAVED ME $175.00 INEVER NEW I HAD 3 FUCE BOXES.I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM THE OTHER 4 PEOPLE HAD.IF I DIDNT GOOGLE THIS PAGE I WOULD OF PAID LIKE 300 BUCKS PROBLY THANK YOU SURPRENANTDENNIS@GMAIL.COM

  • supermanC97 Jan 02, 2011

    Wow all I can say thankz, I didn't kw about tha 3rd fuse boxe, saludos desde waxahachi tx :)

  • mktu Jan 21, 2011

    Great Site!! Thanks for posting!! I didn't know there was third fuse box either and Nissan's manual was useless. I too had no tail lights, the dash lights were very bright, dimmer switch didnt work and the radio lights were out.

  • joaqs May 17, 2011

    Thank you, ive save a lot of $$$$ on this

  • danielle hairston Mar 22, 2013

    Then was very helpful save me money from having to take my car to the nissan place Thank YOU!!!!!

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Thanks just saved me alot of money!!!!!!

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