My main brake lights are not working but my little strip one is, also my left reverse light is also not working, i have replaced the bulbs, checked fuses, and tried to check for shorts in the wires...anybody have any suggestions?
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Hello. The symptoms you are describing are likely due to a poor ground. Temporarily install a new ground wire by securing a piece of copper wire to the frame with a self tapping screw. Use this ground wire along with the hot wire to see if each of these lights works. If it does, trace the ground wire back to the frame, unscrew it and clean up the metal with emery cloth so you reestablish a good ground.
If the light still doesn't work check your fuses. if the fuse is blown and you keep trying another bulb and the fuse blows again then you have a short in the light socket. then replace the light socket. or get yourself a light tester. these are pretty cheap at your auto store. get to the wires on the back of the light plug and you might have to strip a little off the wires or try to use the probe of the tester to peirce the wires. Make sure you have a good ground. if you do have to strip a little of the wires don't strip them all in a straight line offset the wires not too cause a short. if the light comes on when you hit the brake then you'll probably have to change the light socket. in which you might find at a salvage yard.
Sounds like some crossed wiring or perhaps the connectors to the lights are swapped if they are the same connector. I would start with the brake lights and make sure everything is hooked up the way its supposed to.
Hello! May I suggest possibly a bad earth? can you try standing at the rear of the vehicle with ignition on ask your wife to apply the brakes, do any other lights glimmer? failing this with brakes still applied pop into reverse and see if any lights glimmer or come on? try again with left or right indicator's flashing and brakes applied, is there an irratic signal or are the reverse lights blinking too?
If any of the above take the bulb holders out of the rear lenses look for corrosion, bad contacts, broken filiaments and security. Clean and replace then see what happens.
Just a thought?
Hope this works? Good Luck!
Your vehicle has 3 fuse panels. Instrument fuse panel is located under the dashboard, left of the steering column. Passenger side fuse panel is located behind passenger side kick panel. Main fuse and relay block is in engine compartment, near battery. There does not appear to be a "reverse light" fuse. Do all you other lights work properly(headlights, brake lights, turn signals, running lights, dashboard lights, etc.)? If so then there is a problem in the reverse light circuit, OR the bulbs are burned out. YES, I have seen both burn out at same time. Hope this helps a little