I finally got around to looking at the problem of no tail lights in the trunk section and found the 4 smaller wires leading up from the left trunk hinge to the rear trunk lights broken. The larger one had the insulation worn through making the conductors visible. I have wired back with new wires of the same gauge using **** connectors to connect.
On testing I had no tail lights or stop lights. After not having back-up lights for years, I now have back-up lights.
I have tested continuity from the farthest **** connector to the first plug connector on the left side of the trunk section, between the plug connector by the current sensor/warning device and the trunk plug, and from the trunk plug to the sockets. They are tested positive.
1. Is the current sensor bad, and if so, would is it tested?
2. Is the ground for both the tail and stop lights the same? If so, where is it located?
3. What am I missing?
This can happen if some desperate soul jams a single element bulb into a dual element socket. Then the dual contacts at the base of the socket get shorted which can apparently burn out the lamp failure module (I saw this happen to a toyota camry lamp failure module 89373). Dual element bulbs have staggered stops and have to be oriented properly to lock them into the base.
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There is a short in your wiring.. i would look first near the tail light connector in the trunk.. and around the tail lights. If it blows that quick it is a dead short and you should be able to find it. move wires around and try another fuse.. if it stops blowing look at the last place you were checking the wires.
You will need to check wiring at the sockets, turn lights on and remove the tail lights from tail lens and wiggle bulb to see if they will light up . this is to see if its a connection in the socket.
Another area to check is to open the hood and check the wiring going to rear lights, look toward the driver side trunk hinge and check for broken wire or wires. this is a common area for wire damage. look closely.
Check around the tail lights for rust. There is a dead short somewhere. Could be on the drivers side under the strip just inside the door on the floor. Usually you have to take four to five screws out to expose the wiring. I found one time where the left foot would rest that the wires were rotten causing a short. Electical problems are not fun. Happy hunting.
buy some foam spray from a can spray it around trunk seam bottom not trunk lid. close trunk to let it dry and shape foam. also check for any holes in trunk. remove all padding to look for wholes. spray foam into any holes found. this foam can also be trimmed after it dries and hardens.
I have a 98 Camry and was having problems with tail lights and fuses. I kept blowing a fuse which was making my tail lights not work. I tried paying very close attention to when they would be working and all the sudden not be working. I know it sounded funny, but I told my mechanic that it seemed if I used my trunk, my fuse would blow. Come to find out, the wire was touching the hinges of my trunk. So when I popped my trunk and closed it, it blew my fuse every time.
Open up the trunk and pull back the "carpeting" around the inside of the trunk in the area of the tail light. You may have to remove some tabs and or plastic screws to do this. Once the "carpeting" is pulled back you can get to the three bolts holding the tail light to the body. After removing the screws, gently wiggle the tail light assembly from the body of the car and look for any hooks the may hold the tail light in place. They won't stop you from removing it, but they do hold onto it. They are mostly there for alinment when installing the tail light. The bulbs should be in twist off plugs.
I would look for a wiring short in the trunk at the taillamp area, or, inspect the sockets for the taillamp bulbs for corrosion. In any case, you have a short circuit in the trunk area, also check the wire that comes from the body & goes up the trunk hinge on the driver side; that wire may be chafed, and it may be shorting out. Hope this helps; please get back to me if you need any further assistance.
Probably because it blows immediately because the short is now a dead short. The hot wire is completely against the ground not just rubbing. Has the car been hit in the back at any time? Look underneath and see if any wires are hanging down.around the tail light area. Your looking for a wire that is rubbing against metal . Could be inside the trunk behind the covers . God Bless Greg