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My 1998 Chevy Cavalier has a problem. The brake lights don't all work. The center high mount brake light works when the brake is depressed, but both the right and left tail lights do not work. The bulbs are good. Running lights and turning signal and hazard lights work correctly, but the corner brake lights don't light when you step on the brake. What would cause this problem???

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    the plugs have a bad habit of melting from the heat of the light bulbs. Check condition of light socket plugs.

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Check the lamp sockets themselves. Pull a bulb and see if the connections in the sockets are bad.

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Fig. 17: Use a screwdriver to unfasten the center high-mount lens retaining screws . . .

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Fig. 18: . . . then remove the lens for access to the bulbs

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Fig. 19: Pull the light bulb from the retaining clips

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