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Center brake light does not work

The left and right brake lights work just fine, as do the signals. However, the center brake light on the back window does not work. Checking with a voltmeter, I don't seem to be getting voltage where the cable plugs into the light.

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  • mkporwit Aug 13, 2008

    Hmmm, I checked the wiring harness in the trunk and it looks good. Still attached and taped like it probably came from the factory. I would have thought it would have been the bulb, but the no voltage thing is bugging me...

  • mkporwit Aug 13, 2008

    Yes, I'm checking the voltage when the brake pedal is being depressed. I can see the left and right tail lights light up, but not the center one.

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Are you checking the voltage as someone is stepping on the brake pedal? If not,you will not get any voltage reading across the connections.

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Follow the wiring into the trunk area. sometimes it becomes disconnected when you load things into your trunk. You should only be getting voltage when the brakes pedal is pressed. Otherwise, it could just be a bulb replacement fix.

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