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My break lights are out ( not at the same time)


 
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ecologito
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Location: Charlotte NC

PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:32 am    Post subject: My break lights are out ( not at the same time) Reply with quote

Hi,

A couple of weeks ago one of my break lights was off and I forgot about it thinking that it was a bulb going bad.

A couple of days ago I noticed that all 3 break lights were out, not good sign at all. I checked the bulbs and they all seem to be ok ( I am not sure and about the back door top light). I got a new break light switch and nothing happened. I checked the cables and there is power coming into the break switch.

At this point I have no clue what is wrong with it. Any help would be great.
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Location: Just Outside of Portland, OR

PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the fuses. Could be dirty contacts or loose/bad fuse(s). And just because the bulbs look good doesn't mean they are. If I was to go to the trouble of taking the covers off to check them I would simply replace them with new ones being they are so cheap. But that's just me. I typically check to make sure the bulbs work before re-installing the covers, too.

On the wife's XJ she had a bulb short out. It caused havoc with the entire turning signal circuit...but intermittently. After replacing switches (and a few things) I tried the bulbs...EVEN though they appeared to be working. Guess what...that solved the problem. So sometimes after checking/replacing the obvious, look at the not so obvious. With electrical something as simple as dirty and/or bad ground or bulb socket will cause issues.

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