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Tail light the tail light will not work . I've changed the lights and fuses, brake light works and brake up light

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If I am correct, the lamps in the back are of a two filament design. They have two contact points, on the bottom of the bulb.

Take the bulb out, check the contact points in the bulb holder. See if they are dirty, and/or possibly corroded. There should be a type of grease in there for the contacts, and by now it is dried up.

When faced with this, I use a clean rag wrapped around the eraser end of a pencil, and clean out this area. I then use the pencil eraser to rub on the brass contacts, and shine them up.

If this solution doesn't work, then I believe it's time to see if the contact point for the taillight, is indeed getting power. This entails using a cheap multimeter, (About $10 to $12), set it to DC voltage, and the 50 volt scale.

Make sure the Negative lead, (Black), has a good ground, to the body. Clean of paint and rust. Lights on, touch the Positive probe, (Red Lead), to the contact point. (You can have someone step on the brakes, to identify which is the brake light contact point, and which is the taillight contact point)

No power, means it's time to search down the wire for taillights, and see where the break is.

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