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Old 09-27-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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Exterior light issue

A couple of relative newbies who planned to finally get to leave in the trailer tomorrow need help---

2002 Safari. The right brake light is all the time but the right turn signal doesn't work. The left brake light and turn signal work fine. The back-up lights don't work at all. Running lights work fine.

Any help in isolating the problem area would be appreciated.
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:56 PM   #2
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The bulb might be in backwards on the right..... or part of it burnt out... have you checked the bulbs on the back up light??? sorry but this will help narrow stuff down if you have....
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks--
This problem is not stable---
In checking out your suggestion, we took off the R tail-light covers. The light bulbs look OK. BUT now the R tail-lights are brighter than the L all the itme--even though we didn't take out the bulbs; the R turn signal works--but more slowly than the L. Still neither of the back up lights work at all--but the bulbs look fine.
Seems like the problem must be in the connection between the truck and the trailer? I've already cleaned it out w/ a q-tip but maybe I need to work on it more?
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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It's possible you have the 12 volt charge line and the right turn signal lead reversed in the truck plug.
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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Look for a missing ground circuit.
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It may be a bad ground. They will make a light look dimmer than the other
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Thanks to all for your ideas. At least we have something to go on now.
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Curious if you ever found the cause. I have the same problem in my 2005 bambi and it's driving me nuts. THanks
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It may be a bad ground. They will make a light look dimmer than the other
I too would look for a poor ground. Clean all grounds on both tail lights.
Also.. a good coating of Permatex Dielectric grease on ALL exterior bulb sockets and grounds isn't a bad idea.
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Brake Light Problems

An update on my problem in my 2005 bambi in case someone else should encounter the same. Basically, the brake lights and turn signals were intermittent but the tail lights worked fine. Sometimes it would be the left only, sometimes both, and sometimes nothing would come on. Also, some of the LED's would not illuminate. I assumed it was a faulty ground as they all share the same ground that is under the bumper. Turns out it was the lights themselves. Took the lights out and checked them on a 12 V tester and sure enough they were all bad. Anyways, new lights work perfect but we'll see for how long. Still puzzled at what caused 4 lights to burn out. Power surge? Lightining? No idea.
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In our case, the problem actually turned out to be on the truck side of the hitch.
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