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    Hi

    Wonder if you guys might be able to help as im abit stumped!

    My passenger side rear brake light does not work. Drivers side works perfectly.

    I've replaced the bulb, and also used a bulb and bulb holder from the other side (which i know works) and it still refuses to work.

    I have checked fuse and it's ok, but I presume if that was the prob then both brake lights would not work.

    Any ideas?

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    Ive been told, some times the bulb holders burn out, i ended up replacing both mine for 6. Although now found out its my brake light switch.
     
     

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    Thanks Adz

    I have tried a different bulb holder from the drivers side to no avail, and once i put it back it in the drivers side it worked, suggesting its not the bulb holder thats at fault.

    Wouldn't a fault brake light switch effect both sides?
     
     

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    i would have thought so, sorry was saying on mine its the brake light switch.
     
     

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    Check the actual metal circuit plates on the rear of the lights. Ive seen them before where they have pinholes in them and the bulb holders dont make contact.
     
     

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    You could also check for voltage from the wiring.
     
     

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    As NealP says 'check for voltage. The brake lights are fed by a blue/red wire to one brake light then a blue/red jumper wire from there to the other brake light so make sure there's no breaks in the wires.
     
     

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