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Rear off lights are not working brake lights come on but when my lights are switched on the back lights don

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  • Buckeyenut10 Feb 25, 2009

    I have a 2000 Mercury Cougar that is doing the same thing. When the headlights are on none of the rear lights work. Lights come on when using turn signals and braking only.

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Make sure all earth connections are fixed firmly to the body of the car i.e good connection, no rust or loose fits

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