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Cavalier Convertible tail lights don't work - blow fuses.

The tail lights don't work. New fuses just blow. What color are the wires? I want to look for a short.

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It doesnt matter what color the wires are, what you are looking for naked wires that might be touching each other or try looking in the bulb socket to see if there might be some burnt terminals

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You will probably get a better answer if you repost and give the make, model, and year of your vehicle. But the most likely cause is a shorted wire to metal contact somewhere in the circuit that fuse protects. Check the owner's manual, if you have it, to find out everything that is on fuse #16, but assuming it is just for the tail lights: usually the tail lights are a separate circuit, no other circuits involved. The turn and brake lights are on a separate circuit for sure, as a safety precaution. So, somewhere between that fuse and the tail light socket, or including the sockets too, and the headlight switch, for that matter, there is a short that is blowing the fuse. Ever heard a little sparking under the dash, or smelled burnt rubber when the fuse started blowing?. Any snagged wires hanging from underneath? There are some neat electrical gadgets that help find shorts or bad wires, Fuse Buddy, Short Finder, things like that, kind of pricey, most of them, but you might find a reasonable tool. Otherwise probably a lot of digging, pulling harnesses apart to find wires, checking for power all along, etc., if you have to just start following a wire. Better invest in a multi-meter or a test light, and a wiring diagram would help to keep track of any changes in the wire colors you are following. See if you can unplug the bulb sockets at the tails and then see if fuse still blows. Finding shorts can get so frustrating it will chase you into bars-beware.

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Get a box of the correct fuses.
Remove all tail and parking bulbs and put in a new fuse. If the fuse does not blow, try installing each bulb at a time to see which light assembly causes the fuse to blow.
Let's suppose its the RH tail light assembly. Pull it off the car and check for dirt and damaged wiring.

If this is an older vehicle, there may be wiring damage (due to rust) in the harness under the carpets.

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You have a serious short circuit in the wiring to the tail lights. Fuses protect the wiring in your vehicle from catching fire.
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