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Old 03-16-2008, 07:18 AM   #1
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taillight problem

so my tail lights aren't working on a 96 900 se. but i can't figure out what it is, fuses are fine as well as the switch and bulbs...anything else im over looking
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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Are they they actual tail lights (outside) or the middle fog lights? - I've had some people think the rear fog lights are tail lights and they are not.... If they are the middle lights yo are having a problem with, there's a switch on the dash right by the front fog light switch. - If you know about this, then never mind ;0)
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no its not the fogs, they're really tail lights
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Mine wouldn't work when i had the front and rear fog light switched connected to the the wrong wire plugs.
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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i have a '95 900s 2.3l - my tail lights, also, do not work. My fuse is fine - but whats this switch youre talking about? By the way, is it just the one fuse in the drivers side dash fusepanel? oh yeah - my bulbs are fine too..
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:56 PM   #6
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You may have a bad ground or a bad wire. Is there any evidence of water infiltration in your trunk?
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Similar issue: a while ago i was testing voltages to find out if i had power to the reverse lights at the rear of the car. In doing so i slipped up and shorted my driver side tail light connection/wire so now i have a wire that is running from the other side to that side and it all works well, but the sid keeps on telling me.

The thing that i noticed was my city light (tiny ones in the head light) on the driver side went dead too; and it came back with my ghetto rigging. Are your city lights not working too?
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:01 AM   #8
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You may have a bad ground or a bad wire. Is there any evidence of water infiltration in your trunk?
if you're referring to me.. No, there doesnt seem to be any water in the trunk area. Though, the very bottom of the lip on hatchback is showing signs of rust about to come through (did I just contradict myself?) Thought rust should be normal for a 13 yr old car. So Im not sure if that has to do with water being in there or not. I did notice that one of the tiny drain plugs was removed when I replaced the bulbs though. Forgot to mention - the reverse lights (in the same housing) work just fine. So it doesnt seem like there is bad contact, in that ground or anything - also seems weird that they would BOTH go out when the fuse is good (cause wouldnt the reverse lights also not work if it were a fuse?)

What is this 'switch' that this guy is referring to - i havent checked any switches, only fuses...

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:28 AM   #9
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The switch they are refferring to is the one right above this:


There are 2 buttons below the headlight knob. first on will click on but will not stay in (that is the rear fogs) the second one/middle one will push in and stay in (that is your normal fogs) You can see the middle switch at the top of this picture.
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:40 PM   #10
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I know that 9000s have the problem that the bulb assembly fails and does not work. Its common on 9000s, but if you have some way to check your bulb holders then it would rule this out.
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Oh THAT switch... haha. I thought they were talking about a switch for the taillights. Everything about the housing and such seems fine, tests well - all contact seems good. Have tried a few different bulbs. Nothing. The parts store says to replace taillights with standard '1157' - but they do not fit well at all. I almost shattered the bulbs trying to get them in. Is there any other bulb that has a slightly smaller housing?? I dont want to have to order lights from germany!
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Usually the required bulb # will be listed on the light socket itself or in the owner's manual.

Always replace bulbs in PAIRS (one for each side).
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