Question about 2002 Toyota Camry
Usually the tail light can be accessed through the trunk. You might have to remove the inside cover or rear carpeting to access the light. Some have plastic wing nuts that secure the light to the body. The bulb holder may be visible with the cover off.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
It could be the relay, which is a yellow box located under the carpeting in the trunk on the left side. It is a problem common to your model. Also, check the brake switch's (behind the brake pedal) functionality (12V present with key at ACC or ON and continuity between wires when button engaged).
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Posted on Oct 26, 2009
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SOURCE: 2002 Toyota Camry no brake
You've checked the obvious items and the fact that the high level lamp works proves that the brake lights switch works.
That means it must be a wiring fault, most likely a connector which has come apart (partially or fully) or which has corrosion on the terminals.
Look at the brake switch which is mounted just above the brake pedal and identify the wiring colour.
Now take panels off inside the boot (US= trunk) and identify the same colour/pattern wire. As you trace it, one junction will send a feed to the third light, the other will feed the remaining two lights. Undo the connector, check for corrosion (anything other than bright metal is corrosion, if you see corrosion clean it off back to bright metal) and refasten it together. Check the brake lamps.
If not working trace the wire all the way to each lamp and check for other connectors and give them the same treatment.
If all that is fruitless, then check for a single wire which leaves each cluster and goes to a screw or bolt directly into the vehicle body. This will be the earth return (US = ground return) part of the circuit. Undo the connection to the body and clean off any corrosion back to clean bright metal. It's unlikely to be the earth return though, as the indicators (US= turn signal lights also wouldn't be working as the return is common to both circuits.
Posted on Jun 27, 2011
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[Information] For a 2002 Toyota Camry, the Daytime
Running Lights (DRL) operate utilizing the High Beams (inner Lamps closer to
the center of the vehicle front) at a reduced power.
[The troubleshooting process:] Review the Owner's Manual and ensure the test
configuration matches the following criteria:
1. According to the 2002 Toyota Camry Owner's Manual (Check your Owners Manual):
"The DRL system will make your headlights come on at a reduced brightness when:
The light switch s in the "DRL" position.
The ignition is on with the engine running.
The headlight switch is off.
The parking brake is released."
2. Set the Test Conditions according to Step 1 above.
3. Check the headlight bulbs to ensure they are not
burned out. If one burns out, there is a fair chance that the other would have burned
out at the same time. Replace as necessary.
In this case, if the high beams operate, the DRLs should also operate.
4. Test the system, ensuring the step 1 conditions are set. (Engine running, Multi-function Switch on Turn Signals in "DRL" position, headlight switch off (repeating what the manual says -- it should be obvious that in the "DRL" position, the headlight switch should be off / do not have the switch positioned to "High Beam"), and the Parking Brake "off").
5. If DRL lights do not work, check the engine compartment Fuse and Relay Box. there is a 5 Amp DRL fuse -- replace it with the spare. Test (step 4).
6. If it does not work, swap around or replace relays -- there are three (3). Any one of them could be bad (stuck or burned out). Test (step 4).
7. Other less likely possible issues could be that the Multi-function Switch is broken or a connection / wire is broken. [Beyond the scope of this process.]
My problem was that the test configuration did not have
the engine running and parking brake off - Step 1. Problem solved with much
thought, repetitive tests on the vehicle and going back to the basics -- what
does the Owner's Manual say and where are the applicable fuses and relays
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