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2004 left tail light won't work I measure voltage at the wiring harness plug and inside of the socket. Moved the socket and bulb to right side and it works. work

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So you ruled out that power and the socket and bulb are OK!

now, you have to check the ground side of that circuit... find the bolt, remove and clean that ground connection, re-install that bolt

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