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I have a Honda Passport and when i turn the lights on they all work.....but when i step on the brake the left tail light goes off completely while the right one gets brighter like its supposed to....i assume that means it's an electrical problem as opposed to it being burnt out

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Sound like left light has poor grounding loose wire.need electrical diagram look at ground circuits to headlight to brake lights and rear tail lights.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

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The lamp could have been replaced with the wrong type or installed backwards or the socket could be defective or there could be a missing ground somewhere

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

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SOURCE: 2006 Chevy Trailblazer Tail Lights

There was a recall on this, take to the dealer and they will replace the whole socket on this.

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Find the ground wire on one of the lights and add another ground wire to a good clean metal surface and see if that fixes the problem. It defently sounds like a ground problem at one of the lights.

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My van did the same thing it was the ground at the socket it had a good ground all the way to the socket but lost it right at the socket.

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SOURCE: Trailer lights have two wire out of each fixture

One wire is for the brake/directional filament and the other wire is for the tail light. The fixture should be grounded when it is attached to the bracket. To test which is which (the brown wire is USUALLY the ail light) make sure the fixture is grounded and touch a hot wire to each of the wires coming from the fixture. Watch to see which wire lights up the brighter filament and this is the brake/directional light. The dimmer filament if the tail light. Brakes lights and directional lights are both the same filament. Wen the brakes are applied, both lights are activated. When a direction light is turned on, it simply flashes the brake light filament.

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Check the lamp sockets themselves. Pull a bulb and see if the connections in the sockets are bad.

Posted on Dec 03, 2010

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