Lost my brake lights

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SpartanBill, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. SpartanBill

    SpartanBill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    '00 Ram 2500-- My brake lights went out the other day, all other lights still working (4-ways,turn sig., & running). Doesn't appear to be a fuse prob. and I already replaced the brake light switch. Anybody have any suggestions on where to look. I hate trouble shooting auto/electrical problems.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    bulbs...and its a dodge so what ya expect? :laugh: Kiddin, seriously check bulbs, then the sockets. go down the line.
  3. mowingguy

    mowingguy Guest
    Messages: 0

    Spartan, mine did this often. Check the ground. I ended up putting a new ground on each and have had no issues since. -SL
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    i have the same truck and had the same problem, just lay under it and reach up to the taillights and unplug them then pull them down and with a tester probe just push threw the insulation and see if it has current on the one or both sides of the connector, i just cut the connector out and crimped them together
  5. SpartanBill

    SpartanBill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Thanks for the suggestions, I prolly should have checked the bulbs before I posted, if for no other reason than throughness and to eliminate from the list of suspects. I fig. since both went out at the same time AND the bright (4-ways) and dim (park lights) worked that it was brake system related.

    I just hit it with my test light, as per Brian and all is good from the Ground-to-Major and Ground-to-Minor wires as marked on bulb socket. Also I tested the bulbs 2 seperate filiments both good.

    MowingGuy, how far back from the socket did you go with the new ground?

    Thanks again,
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    bad or loose ground
  7. SpartanBill

    SpartanBill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Well thanks for all the help. It ended being a fuse I over looked, in the power distribution box labeled "stop lamp", leave it to an engineer to label "brake light" as "stop lamp". I should have been more through in my search for the "brake light" fuse. Again, thanks. I posted this problem 1/2 hr. earlier on a dodge truck forum and have only gotten 1 response as of post time. Now I know where to find all the drivers that use their trucks to make money.

    p.s. How do I get my back doors open?? see next post........
  8. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Rob a liquor store and spend some time in jail
  9. SpartanBill

    SpartanBill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    But seriously, both of the back doors on my crew cab won't open, bottom latch is seized or bound somehow. Things would be alot eaiser if I could get the F@*KIN' door open. We had other 2 company trucks, 2500 Dodge and F350 with 1 stuck door. Any Ideas?

  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Some days I really wanna buy a Dodge just for the Cummins diesel but then I hear stories of how you can't get doors to open on an '00 Ram and I just want to overlook Dodge completely. That sucks, I'm sorry, but that would absolutely piss me off.

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