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Some bulbs have dual filaments in them. One for tail lights and the other for brake/blinker lights.
Many times one element will burn out but the other will still work.

Try replacing the bulbs.....assuming you have already checked the fuse for the brake lights. (many cars have the stop and back up lights on the same fuse)

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