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2001 Dodge Dakota Rear Brake and Turn Signal Lights Not Working

Both rear brake and turn signal lights are not working (regular tail lights are working). Turn signal on dash flashes rapidly. I've checked the bulbs and the fuse.

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  • blevine Jan 28, 2009

    As I said in the original problem post, I've already checked ALL of the bulbs and fuses. That is NOT the problem.

  • blevine Jan 28, 2009

    As the original post already says, I checked the bulbs and they are fine. It is not a bad bulb or bad fuse. Please try again.

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Hey Blevine,

Sorry to hear about the problematic lights. I've seen this many times at the Chrysler dealership and at independent shops as well. If what you say is true, the only cause can be a faulty turn /signal switch. The brake lights go through that switch too, if you weren't aware. Keep troubleshooting and your lights will still be out; until you buy that switch. You can sometimes find a good one at a salvage yard if they are as pricey as I remember. If you buy a used one, be sure to get a warranty in case it's just as worn out as yours! The switch has long curvy copper contacts inside it, and when the mechanism itself wears out, it's known to do just what you've described here. If all your feeds, fuses, and wiring are in good working order, as you say they are, ( and I believe you) I'm 99 percent sure your switch is the only part at fault. Hope you got the answer in a timely fashion, good luck on the switch.

Thanks for using Fixya.com to help solve your problem,

TaterTodd

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

  • Patrick Dennehy Jan 28, 2009

    After reading the other posts, I stand by my diag. I've seen this fixed a hundred times with a new T/S switch. You said you checked the bulbs... He's right about the ticking sound with a bad bulb on one corner, but you have no brake lights and no signals on either side. Still think you're lookin' at a switch. Replaced a ton of em on Dakotas and Rams. TT

  • Patrick Dennehy Jan 28, 2009

    Or we could keep insisting that you check those bulbs for the tenth time! Not a bad bulb is it? Let us know. TT

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Did you check the bulbs in the front as well? Any one of the 4 bulbs will cause this to happen.
you can also check the relay in the fuse box,To locate just turn blinkers on and listen at the fuse box and you will hear it clicking.

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The turn signal flashing faster than normal is just because one of the bulbs is not turning on, this cause the relay ticking faster then normal.

The reason why indicator light and brake light are not working is probably a lose wiring.

Check first that the bulbs are OK, also check the fuse. If fuse and bulbs are fine, then you will need to test the wirings.

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The battries wil be out of power charge  it  then the lights wil be fine the bulbs ands fiuses r all right 

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

  • nicra7 Jan 27, 2009

    the tail light glows as it has direct connectiong 


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If it flashes rapidly you do indeed have a bulb burned out... replace them with known good bulbs... also check the ground wires on both sides from the sockets

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Check the brake light switch on the brake pedal linkage, because if it is not supplying 12-volts to the brake lights, the result would be the problems you describe

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Rylee Smith Jan 27, 2009

    Check the power distribution center, it has power relays that control those systems.

    I had the same problem on my 98 Grand Marquis. I fixed the problem by spraying WD 40 around the hazard hazard flasher switch, located on top of the steering column. This is a multi-function switch that contols turn signals, brake lights, and flashers. After spraying, I pushed it down with my thumb and let it pop up several times and also wiggled it around a bit. It worked for me - problem solved. Apparently, over the years gunk finds it way in there, be it dirt, liquids, etc



    You can also view this link for more info :

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_fix...

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