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  • Taillight Problem, Video Attached

    My rear drivers side brake light will not illuminate when the brake is pressed, i have checked all the fuses in the car, and the wiring for the tailight, it is all intact, nothing seems to be disconnected or frayed, i changed both bulbs before with the same part number from autozone, and the problem was still there, see the video for a clearer idea of what im asking, i know this is better suited for zilvia, let me know if theres anything else I can try.

    Thanks

    http://youtu.be/gQs6lnGIxMs

  • #2
    Usually when that happens, you have a wiring problem. for those lights, you have two +12V wires- lights and brake- and a ground.
    When this stuff happens, usually what's happened is the ground is lifted, the bulbs are in the sockets wrong (or the wrong bulbs), or the sockets are wired wrong when some work was done in the past.

    My first thought is to look for a grounding problem with that light since the other one works. make sure the correct wire colors are going to the correct spots on both tail lights (use the right side for comparisons)..
    Originally posted by SoSideways
    I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
    '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
    '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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    • #3
      I think brake lights run through a relay. Check for 12V on the bad light when you press the pedal. If you've got it, then it's a connector problem. You probably don't, so I'd start troubleshooting it and see where the magic electrons stop.
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      • #4
        According to the FSM, it doesn't have a relay. Straight from battery (fused) to switch to tail lights.
        The driving/clearance lights are the same- they all go through the combination switch or brake switch, then straight to the battery.
        Originally posted by SoSideways
        I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
        '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
        '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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        • #5
          Gotcha. I guess that explains why they burn out in unreliable German cars.
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          • #6
            fixed it, was a crusty ground

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            • #7
              Nailed it 8)
              Originally posted by SoSideways
              I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
              '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
              '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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              • #8
                Does anywhere have or know where I can purchase the silver socket/bucket for the tailight bulb (drivers side, left tailight, the most leftest one lol), the ground was not the main issue, I believe its the corrosion/melting of one of the contacts that is causing the issue. If you can mail me one, I can paypal you,

                I tired courtesy parts but had no luck,
                http://www.courtesyparts.com/240sx-p...1457_1470.html

                Thanks!





                Last edited by Serebros; 01-17-2012, 09:27 PM.

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                • #9
                  Try NAPA. The whole "circuit board" assy for a Maxima is like $30.

                  I've also just bought replacement sockets at the parts store and done some southern engineering to mount them.
                  Originally posted by SoSideways
                  I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                  '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                  '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Matt93SE View Post
                    southern engineering
                    We call it something a little different in the parts of texas I come from lol
                    I am SKULLWORKS

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                    • #11
                      so do I, but this is a public forum.
                      Originally posted by SoSideways
                      I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
                      '04 G35 Sedan 6MT- The DD
                      '96 240SX- The Track Toy

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                      • #12
                        The funny thing about this issue is that the ground on the tail light housing next to the reflector likes to melt the plastic around the ground screw.

                        It's a common S13 issue I've seen on 4 of my cars.

                        Just pull it apart, clean the melted plastic off with a razor blade, and you are in business.
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                        • #13
                          I wish I could see a schematic, but if the fuse is not blowing and the other assembly is receiving switched power, then you've got an open in circuit between tail lamp assemblies. Check for switched 12+V at connector and check continuity on ground.

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