i've read and read.... tail light & brake light not working. unless i open a door???
So I bought a 94 zj with the brake lights and running lights not working correctly. I've owned 3 others prior and fixed this similar issue before by cleaning up the bulb terminals. This one is challenging me in many ways...
Last night i lifted the gate and pulled both tail light housings and inspected the bulbs and sockets. Everything looked very clean and normal and even noticed some dielectric grease in the sockets. Put them back in and turned the lights on and everything worked!!! awesome...until i closed the hatch. Then they went out.... Did some testing and noticed that with the hatch open, the tail lights and brake lights would work, but as soon as i closed the drivers door (or just pushed the door pin switch "in") the lights would go out again. I checked all the wiring locations that were obvious in the hatch area and even unplugged the wires from the entire tail gate, to no avail. by the end of the night, the only way the tail lights would light up was if i opened the passenger rear door, which happens to be the only door that will not turn on the dome lights inside when it opens. Where would you start?? Please help. I need to get my daughter back on the road asap. It is a v8 laredo '94. All windows, dome lights, dash lights, door locks etc work. All fuses are good, on the passenger side of the dash and the engine compartment by the battery.
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