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brake light and blinker arent working?

This is a discussion on brake light and blinker arent working? within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; so i noticed that the blinker light on the dash doesnt blink when i turn right it just stays on ...

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    brake light and blinker arent working?

    so i noticed that the blinker light on the dash doesnt blink when i turn right it just stays on so i when out and checked to see why it wasnt workin one of the two lights was just stuck on the other bulb didnt do anything so i took out the tail light out and put new bulbs in it didnt do anything now none off the brake lights on the passenger side work next i checked the bulb in the front that was just fine to... whats going on here?

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    turn your hazards on, they use a different relay to work, if any of the bulbs arent flashing replace them, if they all work you have a bad flasher, located under the dash/steering column. they are cheap and easy to replace.

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    yeah i did they all worked? why would it only mess with one side though?

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    well i just tried again and nothing in the back on that side and i tried new bulbs

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    and before when i did it only one bulb was flashing on that side

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey gavin View Post
    yeah i did they all worked? why would it only mess with one side though?
    just a standard procedure, didn't read everything you wrote, if your use the hazards(not the signals) and every bulb around the car is fine, but the signals still give you a solid on then you have a bad flasher, I know nothing about them or how they work, (I cant even remember if there's one or multiple ones) just that replacing it(them?) will fix your problem 99% of the time.

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    will do thanks

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    well i changed them. nothing... now i only have the 3rd brake light when i hit the brakes and still one light is only blinkin. and there is a black and gray set of wires with a plug going to nothing but i could fallow it very far, or the other end of it

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    now its back to the way it was now just driver side work???

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    bump?

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    whats next?

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    check you small side marker lights in front and the back.

    A flasher is a small cylinder shaped peice that when engaged with electricity a small piece of metal heats up and pops and cools down and pops again this makes the clicking noise you hear when you turn on your turn signal

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    rite well i changed the flashers and no difference.. them side markes lite up but dont blink on either side. so now what 2 do?

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    bump

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    So you have no brake lights only the middle one (CHM) works?

    Here's how to check your brake/hazard/turn signal wiring:

    Turn on the parking lamps, not headlights.

    Put on the four way hazard flasher, and go aroung the car and see which are working and which are not. The front hazards should flash the same time and intensity (brightly).
    If they flash opposite and not as bright on one side, usually it is a front socket issue, sometimes a ground problem, on the side that is dimly flashing.

    Replace the ones that don't work. If you put a new bulb in where you expect to see a flashing light this way (2 on each side on the back, the inner 2 of the 3 taillights), then you have a wiring/socket issue.

    If you replace a marker/parking lamp that isn't working that should, then again you have a wiring/socket issue.

    If they all flash this way, 4 total in back and the 2 in the front, and you have no brake light that works except the CHM light, then your turnsignal switch is bad. The TS switch interupts the circuit for the 4 outer brake lamps on our cars, but not the CHM.

    If the turn signals work correctly on one side but not the other, take a close look and see if the side that does not work has the same bulbs lighting up on the side that doesn't. My guess is not all will light up with the same intensity. Our cars are famous for front lamp/socket issues.

    Do this and let us know.

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    i have no brake light or blinker just on the right side. when i turn on the hazards only one bulb blinks on that side.

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    well i tried it every one was blinking at the same time but one of the two bulbs on the right side still isnt blinking... one is though on that side. so do u think its the switch? or that socket?

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    cause i tried a new bulb in that socket and it was the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey gavin View Post
    well i tried it every one was blinking at the same time but one of the two bulbs on the right side still isnt blinking... one is though on that side. so do u think its the switch? or that socket?
    Quote Originally Posted by mikey gavin View Post
    cause i tried a new bulb in that socket and it was the same
    So, everything works but the right side turn signal, correct? Has somebody confirmed then that when you step on the brakes, all the rear brake lights come on except that one on the right side?

    If you've tried new bulbs on the RR where the hazard isn't flashing, then you have either another defective bulb (highly unlikely) or a bad socket/wiring to that socket. 100% chance it is not your turn signal switch. If it was a bad switch, then nothing would come on on the RR since I am pretty sure it is one wire until it gets back there. Probably a wiring/socket issue on the one that isn't working.

    You may have two problems, if only the CHM works and not the other four bulbs when you step on the brake pedal. The same filament in the bulb lights up for the outer 4 brake lights and turn/hazard flashers. There are two filaments in the bulb, a dim one for parking lights and the other one for the turn/brake/hazard, so if the hazards work but not the brake lights, that tells you the wiring to the bulbs is good.

    Confused yet?

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    a little but i think i got ya.. the brake light does nothing on the rr just the tail light works only time it gets bright is when the hazards are one and its just the one bulb.. so u think its the socket then?

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