Troubleshooting brake lamp


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Troubleshooting brake lamp

Postby tom84std » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:45 am



Yesterday I noticed my brake lamp was out. Tail lamp was fine. Popped off the lens and examined the bulb. Looks fine.
Horn beeps, fuse good. Checked the diagram, found the wire under the side cover. Put a test lamp on it. Wire energizes with lever. Followed the wire around the fender, no damage. Tested the socket, fine. Crap!
Found glasses in tool box under volt meter.
Put on glasses.
Re-examined bulb with glasses on.
Went to store and bought new lamp.



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Re: Troubleshooting brake lamp

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:04 am

My troubleshooting method for that usually involves:

- Remove light bulb
- Examine light bulb, looks fine
- Reinstall light bulb, still doesn't work
- Remove light bulb again
- Insert meter test probes into light bulb socket
- While trying to hold test probes in place, attempt to reach brake pedal with foot
- Accidentally allow test probe to slip and short out light bulb socket, producing spark and blowing fuse
- Swear, replace fuse

This confirms to me that the light bulb is in fact blown and needs to be replaced.

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Re: Troubleshooting brake lamp

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:02 pm

WingAdmin wrote:My troubleshooting method for that usually involves:

- Remove light bulb
- Examine light bulb, looks fine
- Reinstall light bulb, still doesn't work
- Remove light bulb again
- Insert meter test probes into light bulb socket
- While trying to hold test probes in place, attempt to reach brake pedal with foot
- Accidentally allow test probe to slip and short out light bulb socket, producing spark and blowing fuse
- Swear, replace fuse

This confirms to me that the light bulb is in fact blown and needs to be replaced.



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