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Old 06-26-2004, 02:56 AM   #1
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Default Brake light problem......help!

Tonight i had time to replace my right brake lights and went to the nearest auto parts store to get a pair of 1156 bulb. I thought all the while it was the bulb, tried putting a new one i didnt work, tried the other bulb still didnt work. So i tried the old bulb and installed it to left brake light and it works. That means that something shorted or something. This really sucks, how can i fix this problem? Do i need a multi meter to check if there's a short on the neg & pos wire that runs on the right brake light? It can't be the fuse coz all the rear lights are working except that right one. Anyone had this problem? I need some advice guys thanks.
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Old 06-26-2004, 07:58 AM   #2
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Well - you could start by just looking socket to see if it has crud in it (if it does, clean it out) then at the wires you can see/get to for anything which is pinched off, etc. - also, check any connectors (demate them, look to see if any of the pins are badly oxidized, etc. - often, demating and mating them a couple of times will clean the contacts enough for them to work again if that's the problem) also, wiggle the wires which go to the connectors (back and forth, push towards the connector, etc.) and see if you can find a loose wire (have the brake light on when you are doing this - so that you can see if you can get it to light up by messing around with stuff)

A multimeter is helpful in letting you know which circuit is messed up, but you still have to find where it's messed up...

the light circuit is two leads (power and ground) which split off to the three brake lights - so it shouldn't be too hard to find.
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