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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First check fuse that is for tail lights, Check Owners Manuel under fuses, sometimes fuses control more than one circuit . Is there a dimmer switch for the dash light? Again check owners Manuel. Check the tail light bulbs themselves, make sure there is no corrosion at the bottom of the bulb and contact.
My first thought on this would be to check your fuses. The tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, and all four front headlamp filaments (left and right, low and hi beam) have their own fuse. This makes sure you don't lose all your lights if one bulb shorts. Take a look in your owners manual (or just pop the fuse panel, they're usually labeled on the back of the panel or lid) and look for a fuse marked something like 'tail light'. More likely than not, that's the problem.
After that, the next thing to look at would be the bulbs themselves. Unlikely you'd burn both out at once, but if they lights are dead you'll get no light.
there is a connector that plugs into the light that should be looked at. is there any water leaks anywhere. there were problems with water leaks on some malibu models around the tail lights. pell open the inside covers and get to the tail light to inspect for this. also check those bulbs just in case they did go bad. any condensation in the light? not sure if the Impala has a single fuse for both tail light or one for each but you should check fuse box under dash and under the hood. good luck
The fuse should be labeled Tail Lps in the middle of the fuse block. It should be a 20 amp fuse. If it is blown, turn on the tail lights after you replace it and see if it blows again. If it does then you have a short that needs to be fixed. Usually what happens is that the wire is rubbing somewhere and has chaffed through. Alittle black tape will solve that problem. This would also apply if you get a few days of driving before it blows again. To find the problem remove the light sockets and drop them down under the truck and check them over looking for cracks or bare spots in the insulation. Tape any suspicious spots.
If the fuse is good replace the bulbs. If that doesn't work check out the ground wire.Take it off,clean it up and reattach it, making sure the chassis is bare shiny metal. It could also be the sockets themselves,or the plug-in. The plug-in is on the driver's side near the bumper.
to ss1957, i have exactly the same problem as yours. At first i thought the bulbs of both side are okay because the filaments (there's two on each) are intact. It turned out that they're not. The brake lights came back as soon as I replaced the bulbs.
Brake light switch, located on upper brake pedal should be checked, that is most likely your brake light issue, but U say tail lights aren't working, but running lights do, tail lights and running lights I would consider to be the same, so can u clarify that for me? Let me know how the u do w/ brake light switch, and if u have issue w/ tail lights?
ok supaxang, could this solution be as simple as replace the 2 rear bulbs? The brake light and tail light (parking light) are the same bulb, 2 filaments, one for brakes, one for tail lights. If the the tail light filament burns out, the brake light will continue to work ok. It is quite possible that both tail lights burned out, and the brake light filaments are good and still working. Replace w/ bulb #2057. Let me know if this fixes it, if not, I'll keep working on it.