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Unread 12-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
MarkBlair
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Tail light issues

My driver side tail light is out. The signal works and so does the reverse light. The light comes on when I press the brake but it doesn't come on by itself. Tried replacing the bulb and it didn't work. How do I fix this issue

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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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Its the contacts on the socket not making contact with the headlight housing. I would either get a new socket or try and pry the little metal tabs up on the one you have. It is very common. It was constantly happening to me I finally got tired of it and ended up splicing into the factory wiring harness and soldering connections to the metal tabs directly. Has never been an issue since.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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Replaced all the bulbs everything is working fine now. Hopefully no more issues.
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Unread 12-13-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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An alternative solution for me was to replace the sockets themselves. Did all six plus new bulbs for around $45. Used 'gen-u-wine' Mopar sockets & no problems in over a year.

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Unread 12-14-2013, 06:30 PM   #5
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Replace the sockets. I fought this for a while a couple years ago. You didn't fix the problem by changing the bulbs. You just move the socket enough that it's making contact now. In a few days it will move again and not work. Sockets are cheap and very easy to replace. Save yourself the headache and just replace them
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Unread 12-14-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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just use dielectric grease in the sockets. cheap and easy.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #7
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I'm dealing with this problem again. I'm sure my sockets need to be replaced. I've already replaced the housing and the bulbs. This and the infamous quacking noise from the door locks is driving me crazy.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #8
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had same problem. went to junkyard $10 for used one ones for both tail lights. just replaced the bad one and have spares on hand. have had no issues since.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 11:30 AM   #9
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It take 30 seconds and a little pocket knife to fix it. Bend those tabs out and youll be fine. I did mine about 6 months ago.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #10
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I've fiddled with tabs, used die electric grease too it works for a while. One side I just replaced though, cheap enough to do. Sounds like you just need a new socket for yours though as they suggested.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #11
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It take 30 seconds and a little pocket knife to fix it. Bend those tabs out and youll be fine. I did mine about 6 months ago.
Never worked for me. I just bought a new tail light.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 09:12 AM   #12
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Just checked mine its out again after only a few days. Time for some parts!
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Unread 12-23-2013, 09:27 AM   #13
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I'm dealing with this problem again. I'm sure my sockets need to be replaced. I've already replaced the housing and the bulbs. This and the infamous quacking noise from the door locks is driving me crazy.
You can buy a new taillight complete with new bulbs and sockets for $40 on Amazon. Instead of spending $30 trying to track down the problem with single parts, I find it's easier just to buy the entire thing for $10 more.


The circuit boards in these taillights go bad quite often, so there's only so much bending of tabs and what not before it just stops responding.

As for the infamous quacking noise, search for door lock actuator on this forum. Hope this helps!
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