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Rear brake spoiler light works but brake lights don't

We have replaced the bulbs. Got new sockets. But my brake lights still do not work. any suggestions on what might be wrong?

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  • steviejayx3 Jun 23, 2009

    yes they both work

  • Matthew Boulden May 11, 2010

    When you use your hazards or turn signals do they work?

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When light switch is off only 3rd brake light work, when switch is on the back lights are stuck on 3rd light works normal what could be the problem?


Are the brake lights stuck on or are you just seeing the parking lights on without the brake lights lighting up? Sounds like you have no rear brake lights, check your emergency light switch. Sometimes it may not switch completely, turn it on and off a few time and then recheck it.

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Dull or Dim Brake Light Repair: If your car has a dull or dim brake light it is dangerous to you and other drivers. A dim brake light is a mystery to most people because the bulb is working, just not correctly. First confirm a new and correct brake light bulb has been installed. Next, turn the ignition key to the "on" position and have a helper depress the brake pedal. With the bulb installed touch a grounded test light to the outer bulb holder ring. If the bulb brightness changes the bulb socket ground has high resistance and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Flickering Brake Light Bulb Repair: A flickering brake light bulb can be very distracting and annoying. A brake light flickers because the power or ground is being obstructed momentarily. The most common cause for this condition is a loose fitting bulb socket. To check for this condition remove the brake light bulb in question, while a helper hold their foot on the brake pedal move the bulb around slightly in the socket. If the bulb flickers replace or repair the bulb socket as needed to regain proper brake light bulb operation. If the brake light bulb socket tests ok wiggle the brake light fuse and wiring at the brake light bulb socket, brake light switch and turn signal switch (American cars). If the brake light bulb flickers repair the component or wiring as needed.
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2011 ford feista se brake light out on drivers side. Running light and blinker work. Have replaced bulb and socket with same results what do I do now?


Did you try the passenger side brake bulb in the driver side socket (maybe the new lamp is bad)??

If it works, then the problem is either a bad ground connection / wire at / between chassis and the shell of brake lamp socket, or bad 12 volt wire at / between the common passenger 12 volt brake light wire in the harness to the center contact on the brake lamp socket.

My suggestion is if the brake lamp wire is ONLY for brakes - not the directional too, simply add a new wire spliced into the passenger side brake light wire and extend it to the brake light wire closest to the new socket that you recently installed on the driver side. Disconnect the vehicle brake wire from the new socket and wire nut it off or tape it up (so it can't short out if it somehow becomes energized again) and splice this new wire to the new socket.

Test & you're done!

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2011 ford feista se driver side brake light out only blinker and running lights work have replaced bulb and socket with same results. Help


Did you try the passenger side brake bulb in the driver side socket (maybe the new lamp is bad)?? If it works, then the problem is either a bad ground connection / wire at / between chassis and the shell of brake lamp socket, or bad 12 volt wire at / between the common passenger 12 volt brake light wire in the harness to the center contact on the brake lamp socket. My suggestion is if the brake lamp wire is ONLY for brakes - not the directional too, simply add a new wire spliced into the passenger side brake light wire and extend it to the brake light wire closest to the new socket that you recently installed on the driver side. Disconnect the vehicle brake wire from the new socket and wire nut it off or tape it up (so it can't short out if it somehow becomes energized again) and splice this new wire to the new socket. Test & you're done!

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My honda accord 2001 is having brake light issues. 3 of the 4 "lower" brake lights will not work and the dash board light is on. The trunk lid lights are working fine. When I put the bulbs from...


Some bulbs are dual function and others are single function. You may be installing the wrong type bulbs in the sockets. Look in the sockets and see if there are two contacts at the base, or a single contact. You can look at the base of the bulbs and see if they have two solder connectors or a single on. Sounds like you need to recheck all your brake sockets to be sure.

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Driver side brake light does not work when on the brake pedal. passenger side works. replaced the bulbs. still the same. what is wrong?


Bad Socket,most likely you don't have a good ground from the light socket or the new bulb is no good.

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Brake Lights and Hazard still dont work


TEST FRONT RIGHT BLINKER CIRCUIT AND REPLACE THE BULB,,WITH PROPER BULB...A DOUBLE CIRCUIT BULB IN A SINGLE SOCKET WILL DO THAT ALSO A SINGLE SOCKET BULB IN A DOUBLE SOCKET HOLDER....CHECK LEFT SIDE BULB FOR ACURANCY

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2001 ford windstar brake lightshort


I assume you are referring to the light socket. A common problem is moisture gets into the contact area of the socket causing corrosion. The corrosion causes resistance between the contacts in the socket and bulb which causes heat build up burning socket. Remove the bulb, with the lights and ignition off. If socket is burnt replace it. if not clean all the socket contacts with a small piece of emery cloth or a point file. Blow out with air (computer keyboard cleaner works if you do not have access to a compressor). Put a small amount of dielectric gease into the socket and install a new bulb. This should solve your problem.

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Brake light work fine as longs as the head lights are off. Once you turn on the head lights the brakes with the exception of the center light on top.


Check the bulb sockets, it is common on these vans that water gets into the bulb sockets and shorts out the socket. You may need to replace the sockets to get them to work again. Also check the bulbs as these are dual filament bulbs, when your lights are off and you step on the brake it lights the parking lamp filament. However as the lights are on the brake lights may seem to not work as the parking lamps are already on.

Aug 09, 2008 | 2001 Chevrolet Express

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Left rear brake light will not work. Bulb is O.K. Flashers work but steeping on the brake pedal doesn't make left rear light work.


Hi,

A couple of possibilities:
  • corroded bulb socket - most brake lights are integrated with the rear park lights. The bulb socket would have 2 contacts, try checking if they are clean and reaches the mate in the end of the bulb;
  • wrong installation - the bayonet socket of most park/brake lights combo are offset, there is a right and wrong way if installing it into the bulb socket;
  • loose wire - it would be required to trace the left brake wire to where it joins with that of the right;
  • loose ground - same as above or a workaround is to wire an additional ground wire from the housing of the bulb socket to any screw that is connected to the body ground.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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