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Old 11-12-2010, 11:55 PM   #1
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A friend of mine has a 1999 Buick LeSabre and we can't get the tail lights to turn on. The head lights turn on, the break lights work and the turn signals work. I checked the fuses and they are all good. I believe that there is an after market alarm system installed and that might be were the problem is but the car has been fine for 3 years the way it is. Just recently the tail lights wont turn on.

Any tips or ideas you may have on this would be appreciated. Thanks for you time.


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Have you check the bulbs? If its a dual filament bulb the, driving light filament may be burned out. The turn signal and brake lights would use the other filament.

Pull the lights off and pull the bulb, turn on the running lights, then use a test light to see if your getting power to the bulb at all times. Or just look at the bulb and see if the filament is broke.
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Thanks for the response but we did replace the bulbs.
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Did you test the wires or sockets with a test light? When working on electrical always use a test light to find where you have power and where you don't.

If you have no power to the lights then the next step would be the switch. Can you pull it out and see if all the wires are connected and okay?
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Did you test the wires or sockets with a test light? When working on electrical always use a test light to find where you have power and where you don't.

If you have no power to the lights then the next step would be the switch. Can you pull it out and see if all the wires are connected and okay?
I did test the light bulb sockets and they are getting power. My guess was the wires at the switch but the switch is in the door panel and after about 20 minutes of trying to remove the door panel I decided that I will need some tips on how to remove this particular door panel.

Would it make sense to assume that the after market alarm system would be the reason that the wires came loose? The alarm system had some really bad work done to it.
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Interesting my 86 buick rivera is having the same proble. I can only drive it during the day. I turn my lights on and they come on but when there on the break lights don't work.

I have found from looking at the bulbs and fuses that most defiantly a wire is messed up somewhere.

Is this the same problem that your talking about?
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:53 PM   #7
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Interesting my 86 buick rivera is having the same proble. I can only drive it during the day. I turn my lights on and they come on but when there on the break lights don't work.

I have found from looking at the bulbs and fuses that most defiantly a wire is messed up somewhere.

Is this the same problem that your talking about?
It's a lot like that except it's just the tail light wont turn on at all. And I believe it's because of the after market alarm system that was installed. I figured a wire fell out at some point to start this because they worked fine one day and the next they didn't.
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