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The lights at the back of a car used to signal when a vehicle is braking or turning.

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Need wiring information for 2004 Mini Cooper Tail lights

I just bought a 2004 Mini Cooper S and am modifying it to be flat towed. I'm installing a wiring kit and need to know the pin out for the wiring harness. I've looked at several hundred images ...
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Beetle no brake lights

My turbo s beetle has no brake lights.. I have replaced brake switch and checked all fuses. And still no brake lights.. My car flashed abs light and little black box on top of battery is charred can ...
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LED strip on left inner tail light is out on my Audi and I'm not sure why

I thought it was because the tail light was bad so I replaced it and the same LED strip was out on the replacement light, which points to something to do with the connection. From what I saw there was ...
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Why don't manufacturers also produce "day-time running" tail lights?

I see a lot of vehicles on the road at night that have no tail lights on. From countless observations I've made, this is usually due to the vehicle having decently bright daytime running headlights (...
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OEM LED tailights: white vs red LEDs under red plastic

Hopefully this is a suitable stack for this question. I cannot think of any other place to ask. This is about OEM tail lights with LEDs under translucent red plastic covers. I have noticed on several ...
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Difference between P21W/5W and P21/5W bulb for tail lights?

I am looking to replace the rear lights on my 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL with LED lights, since the base incandescants are not bright enough for my needs. Looking through the owner's manual, (Section 2 ...
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Diagnostic procedure for `98 Camry Night-running Tail-light failure

98 Camry Tail light does not light. New bulbs were installed to eliminate bulb failure-mode. The manual indicates five enumerated failure-modes: Instrument Panel / Junction Box: Is the expectation ...
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How to correctly test voltage on taillight/trailer plug/harness?

Vehicle in question is a 2007 Toyota Rav4 Limited with the 3.5l V6 and has the factory tow package. I have a trailer harness in which the green pole, aka the right/passenger side turn signal, is ...
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Help identifying light lens

Found this near our mailbox that someone destroyed. Any help identifying the make and model of the vehicle this fits would be greatly appreciated.
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2004 Hyundai Sonata: Brake light diagnosis

The neighbor's brake's lights won't turn off: the fuse has to be pulled to avoid draining the battery. He asked me to check the fuse and it tested good (continuity test). What is the procedure to ...
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2015 Kia Sedona brake light problem

Our 2015 Kia Sedona has recently developed a problem with the brake lights. Only the top LED brake light turns on when the petal is depressed. Here is a list of details: Only the top, rear, center ...
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Can you identify the car make/model of this car?

This car hit our vehicle and drove away last night, leaving its shattered passenger-side tail light behind. Any ideas on what make/model the car is from these photos? I'm guessing 2014-ish Toyota ...
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Fastener on 2017 VW Jetta won’t screw back in after replacing light bulbs

I have a fastener that is screwed into the taillight for my 2017 Jetta. I successfully replaced a bulb but the screw won’t screw back in. I confirmed it’s an issue with the screw as another screw ...
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Why all parking lights and DRL stopped working on Odyssey 2012?

My car failed safety inspection because the license plate lights were out. When I was replacing the bulbs, I noticed that all parking lights and daylight running lights are not working either. In ...
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Which vehicle manufacturer produces tail lights with a circle and an L-shaped curve around it?

To me it resembles a person with one hand up and another hand sideways. Often seen in Eastern Europe. Looks like this:
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Water on the left side of the trunk on a VW Golf mk4

I've found water on the left side of the trunk on my Golf mk4 and I'm suspecting that it's coming from the tail lights that there are not longer tightly sealed. How can I check that? I'm thinking on ...
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Identify Broken Taillight

Someone backed into my car and left a large dent. Luckily part of their tail light also broke off so I was hoping someone here could help identify the model of car to track down who did it. It is at ...
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Tail light fuse blown only when raining

I'm going to disassemble the left and right tail light assemblies to see if any signs of water. Does water have to get into contact with the tail light bulb connector to cause a short? I'm wondering ...
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Why are VW tail light bulbs listed as 12W / 5W?

My VW Polo 6R left tail light is off and it seems there are several kinds of bulbs available for purchase: 12V 5W 12V 12W 12V 5W + 12V 12W 12V 12W + 5V 5W ... My first guess is that the 5V is just a ...
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How can I attach a brighter reverse light with a magnet to a car?

I saw this idea on Reddit, but I can't see exactly how that reverse light was fastened to the car.
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Removing the power source to a brake light

Pretty much the title. The car is a Volkswagen Golf Variant and was built in 2014. This image is of the left tail light, behind the cover. I can't seem to get the holder for the power cord loose. The ...
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Brake Lights Stay On

I attempted to replace my master cylinder and brake booster. Now my brake lights are stuck on. I recall a ratcheting sound after disconnecting the booster from the brake pedal. The brakes feel as if ...
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2008 Toyota RAV4 won't shift out of park

We installed a wiring kit to the rear lights so we could plug in lights for towing a trailer. After testing the lights with a trailer, the brake lights stopped working and then the car wouldn't shift ...
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Retrofitting an aftermarket rear fog lamp

I am planning to add two rear fog lamps with a combined current draw of 0.66 amps at 13.2 volts, which translates to roughly 9 watts. I can't really figure out how to run a wire from the trunk to ...
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Tail light doesn't work, when I turn on the headlight

I have a 2007 Honda Civic with over 200k miles. When I turn on the headlight, tail lights don't turn on. Turn signal light works fine, brake light works fine and reverse light works fine as well. I ...
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No lights on my Jeep Wrangler Sport, bulbs and fuses spear good

No tail, marker or parking lights on driver side of 2013 Jeep Wrangler spirt, fuses all seem good and bulbs not burnt out, HELP!
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Light bulb dash light in VW Golf 2005

I have had the bulb indicator light on for a while now but I cannot diagnose it. I am interested to know what the light in the picture is (the rear passenger side light on the inside/boot door)? I ...
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07' Dodge Durango Brake Lights Dont Work

I have changed the brake light switch and checked all the fuses. They work when I turn on the headlights and I have recently had the rear bumper replaced do to an accident but the repair shop told me ...
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Can I install a 2018 Subaru Forester bumper onto my 2016 Subaru Forester?

Can I install a 2018 Subaru Forester bumper onto my 2016 Subaru Forester? I like the style and it looks more sporty. Also, can I install the 2017-18 tail lights for the same car?
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Brake/position LED Lights

I have a problem with the rear right brake/position light on a 2005 Mazda3. Same LED lights (8 led) shine dimmer when lights are on (state 1) and goes brighter when brake are pressed (state 2). My ...
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Identify tail light

My wife found this in our driveway this afternoon and to me it looks like a tailight lens to a car but I'm really no car expert so could someone please identify this for us and the make and model if ...
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Tail lights dont light up

On my 2010 ford fusion i noticed my tail lights dont turn on, but my brake lights, signal lights work and hazards work. I already changed the light bulbs also.
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Is there an easy fix for brake lights on my ‘06 Trailblazer?

The brake lights on my ‘06 6-cylinder 2wd Chevy Trailblazer are both out. I tried changing bulbs, and then checked fuses. Neither solved the problem. Has anyone run into this or can anyone help me ...
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Rear lights on 2012 Nissan Rogue

I am trying to help a friend solve a mystery: At various times her taillights and rear upper bar light stay on after shutting down the engine. This can happen day or night - i.e., the lights don't ...
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Bulb turn signals with all other lights LED?

I've noticed on some newer cars (sorry, no specific examples), that they often have LED brake lights, but still use an incandescent amber bulb for the turn signals. Is there a reason that a ...
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LED tail lights switch off after 5 seconds

One of the rear tail lights of my Mk5 VW Golf blew out recently, triggering a bulb failure warning on the dash. On inspection it was the bulb itself that was broken, so I have no reason to suspect ...
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Can I safely and legally cover a tail light with red tape?

Is it safe and legal to cover just the light in the rear of my car with the red rear light tape in order to get it covered, or do I need to actually cover where the whole cover for the light was in ...
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What was causing pulsing tail-lights?

I was behind a Honda today in some traffic, and I noticed its LED tail lights were pulsing a couple of times a second, and I want to know what may have been causing it. It seemed to stop once we were ...
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What was the initial idea behind those "Blue Dot" tail lights from the '30s to '50s?

"Blue Dot" tail lights seem to be illegal in most US states nowadays (and probably in most other countries, too), but they still seem very popular in the Hot Rod scene. And you can still buy them as ...
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Dim LED high level brake light

I had my car serviced yesterday at the dealer - a number of minor issues were reported Wipers are smearing - mainly due to road dirt as I had only recently replaced them Water ingress in tail light -...
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Rearlights and terminology

I'm a non-mechanic that's recently gotten hold of a second-hand rearlight for the Mercedes A-Class (W176), and I'm trying to make sense of the terminology I'm coming across in an attempt to determine ...
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Tail lights, brake lights, and plate lights out

I have a 2000 Saturn LS, and none of the back lights work, they all went out at once. I know nothing about cars and I don't want to go to a shop and pay out the butt for it
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Taillight Not Working Even with Bulb Replacement

I have a 2004 Toyota Camry, and the taillight is not lighting up when the headlights are turned on. This is happening equally on both the left and right sides. When I pulled the old bulb out, I ...
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2009 Ford Fusion Tail Lights Outs

The tail lights are not working, but the brake lights and all other lights are working fine. I checked the fuses, they're all fine, but I could not find the relative relay. I changed the bulbs and ...
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2007 Ford Territory headlight/taillights issue

Recently my 2007 Ford Territory's battery went dead. One week ago I had to be jump started. It was fine turning the ignition on throughout the next few days. The dash lights began intermittently ...
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Stripped screw holding rear lamp assembly

I've got a failed rear brake lamp (right side) on my Ford Focus (2002, 5dr Hatchback UK). I went to change the bulb and discovered that the (probably Phillips) screw holding the rear lamp cluster is ...
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2009 Toyota Yaris Hathback - rear light change?

I'm trying to change the parking light on my 2009 Toyota Yaris Hatchback, and running into some trouble getting the panel off. Hoping somebody can help me out. The following picture shows the ...
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Third brake light on 2010 Chevy Malibu

The third brake light works when I start car then after 2 or 3 taps on the brake it quits working.
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What's the difference between a taillight, taillight assembly, and taillight lens

I'm trying to learn the anatomy of a tail light. I know there's a bulb in there and a plastic housing but what is the definition of a taillight. Does that refer to just the bulb in the tail light ...
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'98 Ram 1500 - One tail light not working

I have a '98 Ram 1500 and the passenger side tail light has stopped working. Not all of it though. There are two bulbs. One for the reverse light and one that has brake and turn signal as well as the ...
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