LICENSE PLATE LIGHTS TURN OFF WHEN BRAKES ARE APPLIED
2000 Toyota Camry
January, 18, 2014 AT 9:26 AM
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.
Have you tried making sure you have the correct brake bulbs in the brake sockets?
January, 21, 2014 AT 9:44 AM
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.
January, 21, 2014 AT 12:07 PM
Do you have a multi meter to do some testing?
January, 23, 2014 AT 2:16 PM
Got the problem fixed. Turned out to be a broken wire in the wiring harness in the trunk area. Thanks.
January, 23, 2014 AT 2:27 PM
Was it on the passenger side behind trunk hinge?
January, 24, 2014 AT 1:53 PM
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.
January, 24, 2014 AT 3:11 PM
I have seen some of the lexuses do that but the brake light was just inop.
January, 24, 2014 AT 4:04 PM
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.
January, 24, 2014 AT 4:08 PM
Glad to hear you got it fixed.
January, 24, 2014 AT 4:20 PM
Me, too. Now I can get it past safety inspection. Thanks.