Mechanics

BRAKE LIGHT PROBLEMS

2003 Saturn Ion • FWD Automatic • 118,000 miles

My passenger side brake light on my 2003 Saturn Ion does not work but the drivers side does. I replaced the bulbs and fuse but it is doing the same thing. What can be the problem?
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Tmshane1429
February 19, 2011.




May be a bad power or earth connection at the globe holder, check with a test light that you have a circuit across the power and earth pin with the brakes on.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Feb 19, 2011.
Um ok. Now what is a power or earth connection at the globe holder? Please explain. Thanks

Tiny
Tmshane1429
Feb 19, 2011.
When you take the globe out, on the base of the globe are 2 contacts that make a contact with simelar contacts in the globe holder, one is power and one is earth, if you connect the two in the globe holder by placing a test light between the tow contacts you will see if a circuits is complete and this will be the test light turning on, some times the contacts get a bit corroded and don't work very well.

Mark (mhpautos.

Mhpautos
Feb 19, 2011.
Ok thanks. Is that a fairly easy repair to make? I know how to do all the basic and a few advanced repairs but this one really has me puzzled

Tiny
Tmshane1429
Feb 19, 2011.
Do the checks first, check for power test light to body(ground) and Pos pin for brake lights, have some one press on the brakes while you test.

Mark (mhpautos)

Mhpautos
Feb 19, 2011.
Basically what mhautos is saying is check to see if you are getting power to that plug when you press on the brakes. If so check the plug to make sure it is clean so the bulb can make a good contact. Also as he says check the ground and ground wire.

M_H_RITZEL
Feb 19, 2011.
I am definately getting power to the plug and the plug as well as the bulb is clean. No corrosion. It seems to only doing it on the stop light. When I put on my parking lights the assembly lights up. But when I press the brake pedal, the brake light does not turn on. Any ideas on this? I can not afford to be stopped by the local police department again for a tail light being out. Please help if you can. Thanks

Tiny
Tmshane1429
Feb 19, 2011.
If you have power with the pedal down at the globe holder, it will be an earth or a faulty globe.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Feb 19, 2011.

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