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Old 02-03-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default HELP HELP HELP!!!! NO TAIL LIGHTS OR DASH LIGHTS..... PROBATION IN three HOURS!!!

Allright, so my car got hit my a drunk driver, busted pass. side tail light. this was sunday morning, saturday night, whatever. so im driving home last night, my dash starts flickering, and then they go out. all dash lights, and my tail and brake lights. I still have reverse lights and my left blinker... first assumption, wires on busted tail light rubbed and blew a fuse. i couldnt find the fuse last night, I checked 3 of them, cant recall which ones, i think prk lghts, drl lghts and body? I cant remember, but I have to leave in 2.5 hours to go to probation. can I get another fuse to check? or somthing.. i need brake lights and tail lights... im driving through BUSY BUSY down town.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:39 AM   #2
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Check all of your fuses, check your relays and check your wires. Probably just got a little moisture on them... you're such a sissy! If you have a tester, pull it out and make sure you do not have a cut wire or something or a wire grounding the others out.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:42 AM   #3
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Default Re: HELP HELP HELP!!!! NO TAIL LIGHTS OR DASH LIGHTS..... PROBATION IN three HOURS!!!

I could figure it out, but I have to report to my probation officer in a few hours, I need some tips to hurry. do you know what fuse my brake and tail lights are on?

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:57 AM   #4
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not off the top of my head. It only takes max 3 minutes to pull every fuse... come on now...

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Old 02-03-2009, 11:49 AM   #5
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Check your owner's manual. IIRC, stop and tail/park lamps are on two different fuses. Taillamp fuse is probably marked PARK.

Did you check BOTH fuse boxes?

Before actually replacing the blown fuse(s), I'd bet a nickel that the light socket itself is shorting either/both circuits to ground. Go back there and trace the wire "upstream" from the bulb socket. About a foot upstream, there should be a connector; unplug that connector so as to remove that short harness from the circuit. Later, you'll have to see what's wrong with it; it could be something as simple as a bashed-up bulb base creating a short. Worst-case, you'll have to replace that little harness with one from a salvage yard car.

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Old 02-03-2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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Thank you sir... the bulb shorting the socket is what im going for, I have tail lights, but no brake lights now.. ****.

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Old 02-03-2009, 12:44 PM   #7
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:49 PM   #8
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Default Re: HELP HELP HELP!!!! NO TAIL LIGHTS OR DASH LIGHTS..... PROBATION IN three HOURS!!!

Betcha 90% of drivers have no idea what hand signals are... it's actually sunny and warm (30?) today

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:57 AM   #9
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Betcha 90% of drivers have no idea what hand signals are... it's actually sunny and warm (30?) today
DID YOU SEE THE SNOW!!!! WTF?!?! oh, and I grew up on motorcycles, I know hand signals. but it sure as hell isnt 30* today. the only problem is, ya, I know hand signals, but not the guy behind me.

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #10
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good point... lol. Well did you go? And have you figured out what the hell your problem is... oh I mean the car's problem is.

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:38 AM   #11
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good point... lol. Well did you go? And have you figured out what the hell your problem is... oh I mean the car's problem is.
ya, I went, its all good. bulb shorting out, but still no brake lights... any one got any more ideas, i cant find a bad fuse.

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DID YOU SEE THE SNOW!!!! WTF?!?! oh, and I grew up on motorcycles, I know hand signals. but it sure as hell isnt 30* today.
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...and the cops, who love to hand out "fix it" tickets... you don't want to be late to meet with a PO because you got pulled over

Anyway, find the truck that backed into your car and her PPI will pay for your repairs

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Old 02-04-2009, 12:47 PM   #13
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ya, I went, its all good. bulb shorting out, but still no brake lights... any one got any more ideas, i cant find a bad fuse.
Stop looking for "a bad" fuse, and look for THE fuse for the brake lights, as documented in your owner's manual, and indicated on the covers for the junction boxes. TEST that fuse with an ohmmeter / continuity tester.

Next, test for power at the fuse socket, and at both sides of the brake light switch, both with and without activating it.

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Old 02-04-2009, 03:50 PM   #14
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Stop looking for "a bad" fuse, and look for THE fuse for the brake lights, as documented in your owner's manual, and indicated on the covers for the junction boxes.
would that be the owners manual that didnt come with the car. and the covers that do not tell me which one? and I will use the multimeter in my storage unit. yes, if one of these scenerio's played out the way I wanted them to, I wouldnt need to post this thread. I apologize if this is rude, I am a little stressed out.

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would that be the owners manual that didnt come with the car.
No, that would be the one, well, any one of the 70-ish, available on eBay right now. (Well, it would actually be the one of many that were available on eBay back when you bought the car, _before_ you needed it, but I digress....)

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did you check for the wires for nics or any cuts in them... Did you check the connectors for corrosion. I had a taillight that burned out on me every day... changed the bulb holder out because you could see where it was burned never had the issue again....


I broke my rule. I try to, and you should too, not try to relate your car to the OPs as not all problems are the same, even with same symptoms... but sometimes it helps.

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