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Brake and tail light work sometimes

These lights come on and blink. I've replaced the bulbs and fuses. I think it's a bad ground wire but how do I find it?

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Clean the connectors on the tailights.
also clean the tailights " connectors as well.
look for burnt parts if none clean them real well and while lights on move the connector to see if it's loose.either way one of those two things should fix your problem.

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