1992 toyota corolla tail light problem

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Old 04 Nov 2014, 01:18 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1992 toyota corolla tail light problem

When I step on the brake the tail lights go out and the brake light does not
come on, this is only happening on the driver side. Any ideas for a fix would
be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04 Nov 2014, 10:33 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 1:18:03 AM UTC-6, t73 wrote:
> When I step on the brake the tail lights go out and the brake light does not
> come on, this is only happening on the driver side. Any ideas for a fix would
> be greatly appreciated.
>


The first thing to do would be to clean the socket real well,
and make sure no corrosion. The brake filament pin may be
corroded up and not making contact with the connection on the
bulb. Also make sure no ground problems to the light housing if
it has more than one bulb.
In some cases, it can also be a bad bulb. Could also be a break
in the brake filament wire to the housing. I had a old Chevy once
with aluminum wiring that corroded easily if any water got in
the trunk, which that one did. The wire would eventually overheat
due to the extra resistance and finally go kaput. I'd then have
to cut to clean wire and reconnect.
But I'd clean the socket and pins real good first. You could also
use a volt meter from the two pins to ground after cleaning to verify
if it's actually getting power at that point. One should be hot with
just the lights on, and when you press the brake, the other one should
become hot, and the other one go out, which is why the lights go out
when you press the brakes. Your regular light pin is OK, but the
brake light pin is not for some reason. Usually corrosion most times.









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Old 04 Nov 2014, 11:30 am   #3 (permalink)
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> When I step on the brake the tail lights go out and the brake light does
> not
> come on, this is only happening on the driver side. Any ideas for a fix
> would
> be greatly appreciated.
>




You have a bulb that is burnt out. Turn the lights on and test again.

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You can test by yourself by backing your car near an office building with
windows at ground level. You can see the reflection of your lights in the
window. Of course, you can use a helper to work the pedal and light switch.

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Old 04 Nov 2014, 02:52 pm   #4 (permalink)
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In article <1867bac2-63b5-4b2b-b1a9-47541d939d81@googlegroups.com>,
<nm5k@wt.net> wrote:
> On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 1:18:03 AM UTC-6, t73 wrote:
> >
> > When I step on the brake the tail lights go out and the brake light does not
> > come on, this is only happening on the driver side. Any ideas for a fix
> > would be greatly appreciated.

>
> The first thing to do would be to clean the socket real well,
> and make sure no corrosion. The brake filament pin may be
> corroded up and not making contact with the connection on the
> bulb. Also make sure no ground problems to the light housing if
> it has more than one bulb.
> In some cases, it can also be a bad bulb. Could also be a break
> in the brake filament wire to the housing. I had a old Chevy once
> with aluminum wiring that corroded easily if any water got in
> the trunk, which that one did. The wire would eventually overheat
> due to the extra resistance and finally go kaput. I'd then have
> to cut to clean wire and reconnect.
> But I'd clean the socket and pins real good first. You could also
> use a volt meter from the two pins to ground after cleaning to verify
> if it's actually getting power at that point. One should be hot with
> just the lights on, and when you press the brake, the other one should
> become hot, and the other one go out, which is why the lights go out
> when you press the brakes. Your regular light pin is OK, but the
> brake light pin is not for some reason. Usually corrosion most times.


The Coroola is usuallyt pretty good. Some models of the Toyota Starlet
on the other hand were badly designed and rain gets in through the boot
/ trunk gaps and shorts out the tail light bulbs. Those models
basically eat light bulbs and you're forever replacing them.
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Old 04 Nov 2014, 09:28 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 1992 toyota corolla tail light problem

On Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:18:01 +0000, t73 wrote:

> When I step on the brake the tail lights go out and the brake light does
> not come on, this is only happening on the driver side. Any ideas for a
> fix would be greatly appreciated.


Check the grounds.
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