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LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS TURN OFF WHEN BRAKES ARE APPLIED

2000 Toyota Camry • 4 cylinder FWD Automatic • 200,000 miles

When the brakes are not pressed, all lights seem to work properly. When the brakes are pressed, all lights seem to continue to work properly, but the license plate lights turn off. Ease off on the brakes and the license plate lights work again.
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Delnlarry
January 18, 2014.




Have you tried making sure you have the correct brake bulbs in the brake sockets?

Saturntech9
Jan 18, 2014.
Yes, I did that. In fact, I bought new brake light bulbs just in case one or both was defective. No change in the problem. They are definitely the correct bulbs.

Tiny
Delnlarry
Jan 21, 2014.
Do you have a multi meter to do some testing?

Saturntech9
Jan 21, 2014.
Got the problem fixed. Turned out to be a broken wire in the wiring harness in the trunk area. Thanks.

Tiny
Delnlarry
Jan 23, 2014.
Was it on the passenger side behind trunk hinge?

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2014.
I think so. A friend found it and fixed it for me, so I'm not exactly sure. But is was in a bend in the wiring harness. In fact, the other wires in the grouping were all pinched, so he spliced in some extra wiring on all the wires to make them longer and, hence, less likely to pinch.

Tiny
Delnlarry
Jan 24, 2014.
I have seen some of the lexuses do that but the brake light was just inop.

Saturntech9
Jan 24, 2014.
Now that you mention it, I think he said there also was a problem with the brake lights going dim or out when the brake was pressed, although I did not notice that when I was trying to figure out the problem.

Tiny
Delnlarry
Jan 24, 2014.
Glad to hear you got it fixed.
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Saturntech9
Jan 24, 2014.
Me, too. Now I can get it past safety inspection. Thanks.

Tiny
Delnlarry
Jan 24, 2014.

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