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When the lights are on, passenger side brake light does no work. Also when the right directional is engaged, brake light on passenger side does not work

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Hello David, It sounds like a ground problem to me? Check the grounds or try a redundant ground wire.
I don't know year--make--model, so I can't post a wiring diagram?

Posted on May 01, 2017

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    david Thompson May 01, 2017

    "99 Jag xj8, I have looked at the wiring diagram and am thinking of the body controller module"

  • jack layton
    jack layton May 01, 2017

    Your post just sounded like a ground problem, I could be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time.

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