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99 silhouette.all bulbs are in working order.right (not left) signal flashes fast when headlights are on and even worse when brakes depressed(lights on or off).also lights on both rears are real strange on and dim alternating.

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I had similar symptoms - rapid flashing of directional when headlights on and brake depressed when making a left turn, both directional indicators in dash light dimly when brake depressed, "Check Traction Control System" indicator On even with ATC turned Off and "strange" indications in tail lights.

Check the pins in the connector at the Lamp Holder Assembly for your Rt. Tail Light for arcing and corrosion. (The female pin is in the vehicle harness connector and the male is part of the Lamp Holder Assembly.) If found, because the male connector is part of the Lamp Holder Assembly, you'll have to replace the Lamp Holder Assembly and the harness section coming in from the vehicle containing the female connector.

I just repaired this problem in the left tail light on my '01 van with a part from a '99 van I found at a local salvage yard.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010

  • thompsonct Aug 01, 2010

    It doesn't matter which side your directional flashes rapidly when you depress the brake pedal - the tail light configuration at the connector on both the left or right side is the same. Check your Right Tail Light connector pins for arcing and/or corrosion.



    IF YOU FIND CORROSION, TRY CLEANING BOTH SIDES OF THE CONNECTOR AT THE CORRODED PINS - IF THE SYMPTOMS CHANGE, YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT AREA!



    If you can find a used Tail Light assembly at a salvage yard, you'll have to replace the entire Lamp Holder Assembly (because the male connector is part of it) and make sure to cut off the female connector WITH enough of the vehicle wiring to allow you to re-connect once you cut out the old one.



    Remember, if corrosion is found, replacing just the Lamp Assembly won't correct the problem - you have to replace the female side too.

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