Third brake light not working properly

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE DAKOTA
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
My 3rd brake light is connected to my interior lights, when I turn one of my interior lights on, my 3rd brake light turns on (while no other light turns on). When I press on the break my interior light and 3rd brake light turns off, but my 2 other brake lights turn on. How do I fix this? I need to pass inspection.
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Thursday, July 29th, 2021 AT 1:40 PM

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Tiny
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Hi, my name is Dan.

It sounds like voltage is possibly backfeeding through the wrong circuit. I've attached a couple wiring diagrams that show both the Center High Mounted Stop Lamp, and the dome/cargo lamp. One thing to check is to make sure the correct bulbs are installed and not installed backwards. I would start by removing all 3 bulbs and then install one at a time to check to see what works.
Use a multimeter or test lamp and check for the correct power and ground at each bulb.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring
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Friday, July 30th, 2021 AT 1:28 PM

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