Tail lights won't work

Tiny
SOUNSTOPPABLE
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  • 1997 CHEVROLET LUMINA
Electrical problem
1997 Chevy Lumina Front Wheel Drive Automatic

i got my lumina from my mom last year. Shes had the car for ten previously. One night im driving with my I pod charger in the lighter outlet and I turn the car off. When I go to turn the car back on my dash and tail lights do not come on. When I go to brake the tail lights work. So I checked the fuses and there fine. How can I fix my wireing myself without payin a heavy auto fee?
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Monday, November 12th, 2018 AT 8:16 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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I'd have to check voltage circuit, to and from the headlamp switch. Orange wire is hot all the time, brown wire carries voltage to tali-lamps, when switch is activated. You need a voltage tester, testlite or digital multimeter. Any fuse you check, you need to check for voltage on the circuit, even if the fuse is good, if no voltage, the circuit is dead.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/512072_lumina_headlamp_switch_1.jpg

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ALICEINVIRTUALREALITY@GMA
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET LUMINA
Electrical problem
1999 Chevy Lumina

need to know how to look for wires connecting to the brake lights. Intermittently turns on than off. More off than on.
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Tiny
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I would first check the brake light switch, which is up under the dash contacting the brake pedal arm. It can get out of alignment, stick or wear out.
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Tiny
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
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Lately my turn signals only work if I hold them halfway down. I have tried the turn signal fuze and all other fuzes related to the turn signal. I have also checked the bulbs in each of the lights. When the turn signal is depressed all the way, it does not blink at all.

Someone mentioned there may be a short, but what is the best way to diagnose this issue without tearing into my steering column? Could there be a short in my signal tree? Also, when depressed, the hazards work sometimes, but not all the time.

Any help is appreciated!
John
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Tiny
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Inspect your flasher. It runs both the turn signals and the hazards in your vehicle. It is located behind the left hand side of the instrument panel, mounted in the bulkhead. Let me know results of replacing this and I will follow up.

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Tiny
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Hey bluelightnin6,

Thanks for the quick response! I have tried swapping out the flasher before and that does not remedy the problem. Signals still only work when I hold down the turn signal switch, about halfway.
-If I go to far or not far enough, they blink twice as fast.
-If they are all the way down, they don't blink at all.

Any other thoughts?
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Tiny
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Is the hazard switch located on the turn signal switch? If so then the switch may be faulty.
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Tiny
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The hazards are located on the top of the steering column and the turn signal tree is to the left of the steering column. So I assume that they are independent. Do you think taking off the top part of the column is a good place to start?
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Tiny
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Since the hazards and the turn signal are separate and are both having issues then, yes, I would suspect some faulty wiring in the column. Is your vehicle equipped with tilt steering? If it is, and used often, this sometimes causes binding issues with the wiring and starts to break the isolation rubber off then causes shorts. Let me know how the wiring looks and I will follow up.

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Tiny
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Thanks for the info. It does have tilt steering so I will look at that to see if anything is binding or pinched loose. Sorry it has been awhile. Just spent the weekend moving and email was down for awhile!

I will follow up when I have a chance to look things over.
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