(Chevy Cavalier 2001) Tail light issue help?


#1

Passengers side tail light doesn’t react when braking, using hazards or blinker, what do I replace? The bulb is lit, but doesn’t blink or brighten when the brakes are applied. As of right now I’m replacing the bulb socket seeing as when I replaced the bulb the contacts were covered in a brown crust, is there something else I should be looking at? Thanks in advance!


#2

The problem is probably with the multi-function switch in the steering column.

Tester


#3

That bulb is actually two bulbs in one. The dimmer one is on with lights and the brighter one is your brake light. Are both elements in the bulb intact? I will start with a new bulb and cleaning the contacts.

Are all other turn signals working? If one of them is out, could affect the whole circuit.


#4

I’m with @galant on this one. The bulb has two filaments, one for the tail light, which is working and the other for the stop-turn signal which is probably burned out. Also, the brown crust you’re seeing is probably just dried up dielectric grease.

If that doesn’t work then I would go along with @Tester s advice.