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Old 09-09-2018, 10:10 PM   #1
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Brake light works - Tail lights don't

Grrrr.....
So after replacing some burnt out bulbs in my tail lights, I went to put the tail light bulb holder back into its spot. Only one problem - I did it with the lights still on so when I touched the metal connectors of the bulb holder to the metal edge of the car, the smallest bulb on the end blew out and now all I have is a brake light on the drivers side and no tail lights. A hard lesson to learn but now what? Replace the bulb holder? I checked the fuses that go to the brake and tail lights and they were all fine. I replaced the burnt out bulb with a new one and that didn't help either. I'm sure I shorted out the system somewhere although I don't know why the brake light would still work.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 09-10-2018, 04:44 AM   #2
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Is the side marker light illuminated when the lights are on. Had a similar problem a while back... fuses fine... bulbs fine... checked the sidemarker... wasn't illuminated... replaced the bulb... fixed it.

Worth a look.
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Old 09-10-2018, 10:07 PM   #3
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Hey Starter986!
Thanks so much for the advice. I did check the side light and it was out so I replaced it. Then, for no reason except to be certain, I check every single fuse and the side light fuse was also blown. So I replaced that and now everything is fine!

You called it right! Many thanks again.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:07 AM   #4
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Hey Starter986!
Thanks so much for the advice. I did check the side light and it was out so I replaced it. Then, for no reason except to be certain, I check every single fuse and the side light fuse was also blown. So I replaced that and now everything is fine!

You called it right! Many thanks again.
Awesome! Glad it worked!
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