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Left tail light not working.

Left tail light stopped working recently on my 2007 FJ. When you hit the brakes it lights up, but no running light on that side.

I have power at the fuse and everything else works. Not sure what else to check. Would this be a grounding issue?

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Re: Left tail light not working.

Did you check the lamp/bulb?


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Re: Left tail light not working.

It's a two-filament bulb, the tail light filament has burned out but the brake light filament is still working. Replace the bulb.

I had the same issue while attending FJ Summit in Ouray. You'll need a pliers to get in there to the socket unless you have small Japanese hands.
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It's a two-filament bulb, the tail light filament has burned out but the brake light filament is still working. Replace the bulb.

I had the same issue while attending FJ Summit in Ouray. You'll need a pliers to get in there to the socket unless you have small Japanese hands.

This was it. I was looking at turn signal bulb. I feel like a total dumbass.
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It's a two-filament bulb, the tail light filament has burned out but the brake light filament is still working. Replace the bulb.

I had the same issue while attending FJ Summit in Ouray. You'll need a pliers to get in there to the socket unless you have small Japanese hands.
That's no lie , my 12 year old got his hand in there for me.
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Re: Left tail light not working.

I went ahead and changed them out on both sides. Now I have no brake lights and cannot put the vehicle in gear. I also have these dash lights on now.

I have checked all the fuses.

For the turn signal bulbs I used Sylvania 7440A
And for the brake tail lights I used Sylvania 7443


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Re: Left tail light not working.

7443 was right for tail/brake lights. Not sure about the other one.

I wonder if you messed up a ground somehow? Weird things can happen when there is a bad ground.

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7443 was right for tail/brake lights. Not sure about the other one.

I wonder if you messed up a ground somehow? Weird things can happen when there is a bad ground.
When I read your post something in it made me think of the brake light switch. The little thing mounted to the back of the brake pedal. Pulled it out and cleaned the contacts and pushed em the other direction just slightly. Added a little bit of dielectric grease and popped it back in and the brake lights came on and I was able to put it in drive. Seems odd this happened while it was sitting in the driveway during a brake light bulb change. Confused me greatly.

I really thought it was something I did changing the bulbs, even as easy and straightforward as that is, at least once you figured out I was looking at the wrong bulb at first.


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