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2002 Toyota highlander passenger brake light not working

I have a 2002 Toyota highlander passenger brake light not working. the tail light and turn signal are working fine but not the brake light. If it were the fuse wouldn't the drivers side brake light be out too? AND wouldn't the tail light be out as well?

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  • Joe Da Fixa Sep 06, 2012

    RE: 2002 Toyota Highlander 2.4cyl. 4X4 Base Model I am a Certified Technician and have basic knowledge with electronics in electrical wiring. I searched the web and discovered this is a common problem. I fixed the problem and it was a simple procedure... The problem is with the reverse light socket at the side with no brake light. This socket functions as a hub to direct current to the brake bulbs. Remove reverse light socket and re-seat bulb. Check for loose or broken prongs. Replace if necessary. Swap the reverse socket with the other side.

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    Robert Merkle Jul 20, 2014

    Kudos to this technicial, he is right on... 2003 passenger side

  • Robert Merkle
    Robert Merkle Jul 20, 2014

    2003 passenger side out for months, removed back-up light socket, found hot lead with 12v test light, used jumper to tail light assembly contacts, brake light came on.. cleaned, scraped and pried up contact that was slightly low, coated all contacts with die-electric grease, re-seated reverse light socket turned slowly due to slightly higher contact , BINGO all brake lights are working only takes 30 min to drive safer.

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RE: 2002 Toyota Highlander 2.4cyl. 4X4 Base Model

I am a Certified Technician and have basic knowledge with electronics in electrical wiring. I searched the web and discovered this is a common problem.

I fixed the problem and it was a simple procedure... The problem is with the reverse light socket at the side with no brake light. This socket functions as a hub to direct current to the brake bulbs.

Remove reverse light socket and re-seat bulb. Check for loose or broken prongs. Replace if necessary.

Swap the reverse socket with the other side.

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The brake light has its own bulb. you have to remove the tail lamp fromthe vehicle to replace the bulb. it is a double filiment bulb. make sure you replace it with the correct bulb or the warning lamp will stay on.

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