Rear driver turn signal bulb out, both tail lights do not work

Tiny
FJGRIMES
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  • 2006 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 168,000 MILES
My rear driver's side turn signal/brake light went out the other night. I replaced the bulb, but it still didn't work (the old bulb was definitely bad). What is odd is that both rear tail lights are out. Rear passenger turn signal/brake light works fine, as do the front head lights, turn signals and parking lights. License plate and reverse lights come on also. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Monday, January 7th, 2019 AT 11:49 AM

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Tiny
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Little update:

After taking a light tester to the connector, I found that there was no juice. Started following the wires and found that a rat had gotten in the jack storage compartment somehow and chewed up a light blue wire. Not sure if that wire is the taillights or brake/turn signal. I'll splice it tomorrow and go from there.
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Monday, January 7th, 2019 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello, I'm Danny.

I'm attaching a wiring diagram for the rear tail/turn signal circuit. It shows as a green wire.Let me know what happens after you splice reconnect. Here is a tutorial for you about wiring if needed:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

Hope this helps and thanks for using 2CarPros.
Danny-
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Monday, January 7th, 2019 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, Danny!

I wonder why the wire color is different. Here's a picture of the damaged wire (there may be more, I haven't gotten too deep into it yet).
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Monday, January 7th, 2019 AT 4:04 PM
Tiny
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Well hmm, if I zoom in real close, it looks like a green wire might be damaged, too. The light blue wire is missing a 4 or 5 inch section, so there's no question there.
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Monday, January 7th, 2019 AT 4:07 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Yikes!
Dang rat! Let me know what happens after you reattach the wires as I'm curious to know the outcome. Thanks again for using 2CarPros. Let me know if you have any other wiring questions.
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 AT 1:34 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, Danny. After digging deeper, that was the tip of the iceberg. There were several other wires behind the wall panel that had been severed by the little bugger. Overall, I think there were nine different wires and 13 or 14 different splices that I had to do (some were chewed up in multiple places far apart from each other).

After I did all the patches and the connections were made everything was back to normal. I think it took about four hours overall and a little cursing, but beats paying the repair bill.
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 AT 3:54 PM
Tiny
DANNY L
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Hello again.

Glad to hear you got it worked out. Thanks again for using 2CarPros and hope you'll use us again in the future.
Danny-
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 AT 11:46 PM

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