Tail lights not working

Tiny
SARGE2
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  • 2008 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
On a 2008 pt cruiser tail lights and 2 lower brake lights are not working. The upper brake light is the only one coming on. All turn signals also still work. Tried to check the fuse but in the owners manual there is no fuse listed for these lights.
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Monday, December 20th, 2010 AT 5:54 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

There are 3 fuses that need to be checked # 3, 33 and 17 here is two guides that should help us get the problem fixed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-fuse

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

Attached are schematics of the exterior lights. Seems you have a fault with the TIPM or open in wiring circuit from it.

At TIPM check for battery voltage at terminal #8 (White/Violet wire)with tail lights turned on. If voltage is available, check for open in wiring between TIPM and tail lights.

Here are some tail light wiring diagram and fuse panel locations that can help us with the testing (below)

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers, Ken
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 AT 7:34 PM
Tiny
GREGORYKPOWELL
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  • 2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
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2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 86120 miles

Last night all my light were working. Tried to go to work. I hit the switch to unlock the car. I get nothing. The head lights and tail light does not work. I have to unlock the door with my key. Car runs fine. Just can lock or unlock with remote.
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017 AT 10:22 AM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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As a 1st step fuses and relays need to be checked


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Thursday, November 16th, 2017 AT 10:22 AM (Merged)
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KKSTEVENS
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Electrical problem
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 117000 miles

I just bought a 2002 pt cruiser. When I went to go out at night I found my headlights and Taillights are not working. The turn signals and bread lights do.
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017 AT 10:22 AM (Merged)
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SOONERFAN85
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Did you ever find out what the cause of this was. I am currently having the same problem.
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017 AT 10:22 AM (Merged)
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MELINDAO777
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No tail lights. No brake lights.
I don't really know how to make this 200 words! I like the above, it's short & sweet& I honestly don't see how anything else I could tell you would help, but here goes-I'll give it a try! It's pretty self explanatory: I was told by someone on my way to work the other morning that I had no brake lights-that only the one on the top window was working- the two bottom ones were not. So I went to Autozone after work but I was really really busy this week and I told him that I thought I had lights at home & would he please replace them for me if I brought them back? He said: "yes, ". But went on to say that the fact that both lights were out made him think that it was something different than just needing the lights replaced. So in the meantime, like I said- I was really busy this week, and so I never even thought about it again until last night when I was on my way over to the beach and someone else told me that I had no lights at all in back. So, there's my wordier version of the problem- your 200 words. Again, I personally like the short version, but what do I know!1 I guess its very possible that something in there might have helped you! I hope so! Anyway- thank you for your help!
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 6:01 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DOCFIXIT
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Suspect faulty multi-function switch
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 6:01 PM (Merged)
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JAMES BROWN4
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Changed everything bulbs, socket's, fuses, nothing worked yet.
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Friday, June 21st, 2019 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
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KEN
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Hello,

It sounds like the TIPM is out, but to be sure lets test for power and the fuses that run the system. Here is a guide to help you run the tests:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

Check fuse 3, 30, and 17.

Check out the tail light wiring diagram (below). Please run some tests and get back to us.
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Friday, June 21st, 2019 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
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ZAMBONI888
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Thank you for this post, I had the same problem and it turned out to be the TIPM I got a new one for $232.00. All fixed, I love this site
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Friday, June 21st, 2019 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
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AHALTER
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  • 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
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My power locks quit working and at the same time I have no Head Lights or Tail lights, everything else works. I checked all of my fuses and all are good. What next?
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Friday, June 21st, 2019 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
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DANLESABRE
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Do you know if the power locks and exterior lights share the same circuit?
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Friday, June 21st, 2019 AT 2:36 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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Check for voltage at the headlamp switch, in the diagram, lite blue wire with orange tracer. Use a testlite. That circuit is fuse protected. Any applicable fuses you check, use a voltage tester, to see if the circuit is hot. I'm talking about the headlamps.
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