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That's a sign of a shorted circuit. voltage flowing freely and way too fast (amperage) somewhere it shouldn't. the amperage-rated fuse blows to stop the overflow. disconnect as many connectors as you can. start with all rear light sockets. install fuse. if it doesn't pop you've isolated the short as you've created an open (unplugged circuit). plug in one connector at a time untill the fuse pops. that's where the problem is. It's usually in that component (bulb, socket, connector, pigtail, etc), and replacing it solves the problem. but occasionally it's an actual wire touching metal. like when a wire wiggles and vibrates as it protrudes thru an opening in the harness and the edge cuts thru the wire's insulation and "grounds out."
Posted on Oct 09, 2010
Remove all of the rear lights and replace fuse. if ok, then replace each one and recheck after each one to see which one(s) are blowing the fuse. I suspect someone tapped the back of your car and one (or more) of your lights has pressure on the bulb fixture, causing this problem.
Posted on Oct 09, 2010
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The parking and tail lights are usually on the same fuse as the dash lights, so check the fuse located in the fuse panel under the dash to see if it is blown. If replacement fuse blows again then it could mean a bad tail light bulb or a wire in the wiring loom that is shorting to the body. Check globes first and then check wiring loom near light assemblies for any chafed or bare wires.
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