1986 Pontiac Fiero tail light do not work properly

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 139,000 MILES
The tail light do not work properly. I did the following. Varified the front headlights, turn signals and hazard signals were working properly. Varified the turn signals, hazard signal, and running light signal was getting to the connector on the engin compartment. When I use the left turn signal I get the two bulbs on the inside to light up. When I use the right turn signal I get the two bulbs on the outside to light up. The bulbs are very dim. When I use the brake with a turn signal the lights stop blinking.
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Sunday, August 10th, 2008 AT 4:10 PM

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I don't pretend to have the whole answer, but you are on the right track verifying the signals to that junction block. First, verify the correct signals get to the connector in the engine compartment on the correct wires. Then, trace them from that point to the signals. I sounds like you have a wire crossed at some point. You must use a factory service manual to determine this. Here's why:

Mine is ostensibly a 1986 "GT". When I read the VIN, it did not indicate "GT" but "Special" in the type designator. The lights did not work as they were supposed to. The FSM showed a very small detail in the wiring under the dash that differentiated how the lights behaved. This jumper wire would only be present on an "SE" model. I snipped the jumper, and things started acting as expected. From this I gather that it wasn't a true "GT" model, or was changed at some point in the production process. Yours may have had the same treatment.

Also, be aware there are TWO flasher units. The hazard flasher is under the steering wheel, and the standard flasher is buried under the passenger side of the dash (it has been a while, I may have these reversed). Both use the same flasher unit, and if they are different, it can cause problems like the flashing stopping when the brakes are pressed like you describe.
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 AT 2:45 PM

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