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97 geo Prizm. My tail light fuse keeps getting blown. I know it might be because of the marker lights cause one of them fell out and then the fuse got blown for the first time. How do I check and fix the wiring?

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Why is this a question, if the park lamps wires short,
the fuse blows for 2 reason. it prevents the wires from catching fire
and the HL switch from burning up ($300 cost)

also lamps can short.
the 97 prizm (toy, corolla) uses tail and front lamp blubs that short inside. 1157 like lamps. if twisted too hard, they short inside
so we remove them all. and test them or just replace them
i you dont know how to test them.
and posting bad wires before fixing them first, now that is a wonder.

correct bad wiring first.
do you know what correcting means.
if not , get the car serviced.
they do.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014

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Replacing the wiring is simple IF all upi are replacing is the socket. If you haven't already, check the socket for rust, corrosion, etc. Replace if needed. Check and replace the fuse as well as the turn indicator relay (this is under the dash). To find it, turn on your blinker (left or right) and feel for it (you will feel it clicking-assuming its working ay all, it should be). These get weak, and don't make a "clean" connection and can cause shorts at either end of the vehicle in respect to blinkers, hazards etc. Also, make sure that all other bulbs and sockets are in good repair\condition. If the problem persists, than the problem may be a break in the wiring, but not likely. Check all other fuses as well whole your checking the blinker\tail light fuses(s) and relays.

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SOURCE: Geo Prizm brake lights

I had the same problem, what I did to fix it was as follows:

  • Removed the plastic light holders from the tail lamp.
  • On each of the three bulbs there is a ground wire that is attached to the plastic light holder via a screw. Remove these connections and clean, I used some very light sand paper.
  • Reassemble, Worked like a Charm for me, and I save a $90 charge from Firestone by doing it myself...

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SOURCE: 97 CAMRY TAIL LIGHTS PROBLEM

You are right you do have a short,but it's easy to fix at the same time it is expensive. In your trunk area you will find a bulb out relay it can be either in the right corner or left corner panel in the trunk area,if not there if may be under the rear deck of the trunk(under the rear window inside the trunk) It might be yellow brown or green.One fron the junk yard will work just as good as a new one.If you are skillful you can open it and solder the burned circuit,but you have to know what you are doing.You also neet to find out if you had a bad bulb that shorted so you can rest knowing that what caused it to burn out in the frist place is fixed.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Tail light fuse keeps blowing. I have traced the

Are the bulbs out of the sockets and the fuse blows?
Take bulbs out and check again
Place one back at a time if fuse was OK with bulbs out to locate bad bulb.
Otherwise.......
Do this........if still needed with bulbs out and fuse blowing.
Put a circuit breaker in to replace the fuse of the same amperage.
It will trip off then back on.
Use a standard cheap magnetic compass........place along lighting wiring........the wire with current will cause the needle to jump as circuit breaker trips on and off.
Follow path of current to problem.....the compass will stop moving once past the shorted /grounded wire/connection.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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