If you have a trailer that you tow it has a short and the tipm will shut off power to that circuit. you can only have this reset 3 times by the dealer and if the problem is not corrected the tipm will need to be replaced and its expensive. make sure the short is repaired before having the dealer reset the tail lamp circuit
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1. Replace your car tail light. You will need working
gloves to protect your hand during the process. Of course you will also
need a screwdriver, cleaning cloth, wire brush, and a good set of tail
2.Understand that different models of car have different set of tail light covers.
Naturally, these covers will require different un-installation
procedures. So, determine if you can dismount the cover from the outside
or you will have to dismount it from the trunk of the car.
3.Determine how to dismount the tail light cover, carefully detach it from the car.
You can use different sets of screwdrivers for this. Be careful not to
break the tail lights cover. The important thing is you must be able to
expose the bulb in order to extract it.
4.Remove the tail lights cover, unscrew the bulb from its socket. Sometimes you will have to press a little and twist the bulb in order to extract it from the socket.
5.Extract the bulb, bring it to your favorite auto parts and accessories store and find the exact match of your tail light bulb. Be sure to get the correct match because if you use other types of bulb, your tail lights may not work properly.
6.Reinstall the tail light bulb, clean the aluminum casing of the tail light. Wipe the socket and wiring with a dry cloth. You can use wire brush if there are corrosion around the tail light casing.
7.Put the good bulb on the socket. You might still need to apply a little pressure on the socket before you can install it fully.
8.Reinstall the tail light bulb, replace the cover of the tail lights and secure it tightly.
9.Test to make sure your new tail lights are working. Start the engine and apply the brakes. You can ask someone to see if the tail lights are really working.
check see tail light lens has 4 screws holding it in place.if so remove 4 screws then remove rear tail light lens then replace tail light bulbs.if you have trouble replacing tail light bulbs the auto parts store sales person will help you free of charge and help you replace bulbs.i have seen auto parts stores sales person help people replace batteries,windshield wiper blades and light bulbs in vechicle if you have trouble fixin it your self.
you need new bulbs in tail lights one bulb in each side has two elements one works brake other works running lights the elements in the bulb for tail lites are bad . so just replace bulbs. hope this helps.
There is indeed a short in the circuit however what you need to do is hook a meter set up to read amps across the terminals to determine how much current the circuit is trying to pull. Massive means either the light socket has a short, or your sensor has gone bad. Your local library should have a book on the cars wiring harness to help out.
This could be your reason. Some vehicle come equiped with a double filiment bulb. It could be that this part of your tail light bulb is blown. Try removing one of the bulbs to see if the filiment is broken. If you can not see this, replace the bulb.
The other senario is that the fuse in your fuse panel controling your tail lights (running light) is blown. This is usually on a seperate fuse than your brake lights. Your owner's manual should state which fuse is what on your panel and replace is with the exact same ratted fuse that it calls for.
We had the same issue with our 2000 Pontiac Montana.Brake lights, turn signal lights, running lights, back-up lights and emergency flasher didn’t work at all or operated at random. The cause: poorly designed aluminum contacts on the tail light circuit board and wiring harness connector arced over and disintegrated with normal use.
Pull the tail lamp assembly, remove the electrical connector and look for burned contacts on the connector plug and the connector socket (they call this long plastic piece with the socket the circuit board: it includes the four bulb sockets.Replace the circuit board and the wiring connector.
You can DIY this job with basic auto mechanical/electrical skills and tools. The two circuit boards and the two connectors set me back $230 (2009 cost) for new parts.The electrical contacts on the factory replacement parts are improved.
I needed a T-30 torx driver to remove the tail light assembly (you need this to change out bulbs, too), wire cutters, wire strippers, electrical tape and an electrical lug crimper to do the job.